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Opposition leader Kamla Persad- Bissessar during her press conference at her office on Friday.

The leader of the United National Congress (UNC), Kamla Persad-Bissessar, has castigated Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and by extension the Government for having no plan or strategy for an effective vaccine rollout for citizens labelling it a ‘sham of a rollout.’

In a press release following Rowley’s press conference on Saturday, Persad-Bissessar said “Rowley must realise that as we continue to lose lives on a daily basis, as business and livelihoods are destroyed and worse, as innocent elderly citizens may have been infected at that sham of a rollout, the seeds of civil unrest are being planted and watered.

“Hundreds of thousands of people are without work, unable to provide food for their families, unable to pay bills, or unable to pay their rents.

“A virus of poverty is also sweeping our nation with no plan in place to resuscitate our economy. Rowley must accept help from stakeholders and make changes to his failed team. We cannot have a 1990 repeat.

“Keith Rowley has today admitted before the nation that he has been lying and misleading the country, for months now. His outright lying since last year has cost this country hundreds of innocent lives, while he blamed citizens themselves for his own failure.”

She said only after outraging the whole country and exposing his lies and cruelty had Rowley now been forced to openly admit that (1) the country does not have enough vaccines, (2) that they were not sure when they were getting more vaccines, and (3) that citizens must live with this sad reality.

Persad-Bissessar berated Rowley for presenting no plan, admitted to a big lie about vaccines, claimed the country was better off than the countries that were actually donating vaccines to T&T and presented no hope to citizens.

Most dangerously, she said, he was not going to make any real changes that were necessary to save lives. Rowley, she said, “was keeping the same failed medical team now turned propaganda team of Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh, CMO Dr Roshan Parasram, Principal Medical Officer-Institutions, Dr Maryam Abdool-Richards, epidemiologist Dr Avery Hinds and thoracic Medical Director at the Caura Hospital, Dr Michelle Trotman.”

Persad-Bissessar railed that “these people have been in charge for over 15 months and led the country into this disaster.” She said continuing with them in charge was “deadly”.

She called Rowley’s incompetence as having made him officially delusional, everything he said last week he came back and debunked on Saturday.

Persad-Bissessar said it was atrocious that the Government and their personnel continued to use “it could be worse” or “it is improving” as their defence when the fact remained that cases continued by the hundreds each day while hundreds have died.