The Freedom Fighters of Antigua & Barbuda has joined the call for an inquiry into the “secret” vaccination of Prime Minister Gaston Browne, who has admitted to receiving the Moderna vaccine while it was under embargo by the United States.
In a letter to three Government officials – Michael Joseph, President of the Antigua & Barbuda Pharmacy Council; Raju Boddu, the Comptroller of Customs; and Commissioner of Police Atlee Rodney – the pressure group says the issue, which has been made public for several weeks now, has not been adequately addressed.
They express concern over what they term the “troubling events,” saying that Browne’s confession, on September 25, violates the laws of Antigua and Barbuda and of the United States of America.
The group says the CDC COVID-19 vaccination card that PM Browne displayed is issued only in the United States, and he did not receive the vaccines in that country.
Further, the group writes, at the time the vaccine was administered to the Prime Minister – in February 2021 – it had not been approved by the Pharmacy Council for use in Antigua and Barbuda.
Therefore, the group believes that this “is sufficient to warrant an investigation as to whether the laws governing the importation of that drug/medicine, including the Customs (Control and Management) (Amendment of Third Schedule) Order, 2021 were violated.”
It says the investigations will reveal whether PM Browne aided and abetted a foreign medical practitioner in violating the licensing provisions under the Medical Practitioners Act.
The group informed all three men that they have a fiduciary duty and a legal obligation to investigate serious allegations, irrespective of the actor(s) involved; “but have been worryingly silent.”
However, the “citizens and residents of Antigua and Barbuda have a right to know whether the laws of this country have been violated,” the group says.
The Freedom Fighters also want to know whether an investigation has been initiated by the respective agencies, and, if so, the current status.
Browne has insisted he has done nothing wrong, since the drug was brought here and administered by an American citizen who had every right to have the drug in his possession.