Governor of the United States Virgin Islands Mr. Albert Bryan Jr. has pledged to play his part to assist the British Virgin Islands in its fight in managing the fast-spreading COVID-19 virus that has now claimed eight lives and infected over 1600 persons.
“We are doing everything we can to help the BVI, Premier Fahie
, his cabinet and all the people over there,” he revealed during a live press conference yesterday.
He continued: “I have been on the phone with the state department, the delegate has been reaching out trying to get assistance from [Washington] DC. They [BVI] are a foreign port, and it makes it extremely difficult for us to send over any resources that we have, but we are constantly taking to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Centre for Disease Control (CDC), the Health and Human Services, to see what assistance we can give our brothers and sisters over in the BVI. We will continue to do everything we can to give as much support as we can to the BVI.”
Governor Bryan said that assistance would include the monoclonal antibody treatment.
“We are fortunate to have the monoclonal antibody treatment which the BVI doesn’t have, one of the things that we are working on trying to get them that resource,” he said.
He explained that the treatment is administered at the hospital.
“If you have not been vaccinated, we are able to give you that, and it helps your body to immediately produce antibodies and fight against COVID
-19. It is not a 100 per cent, and you still have to get the vaccine
after you get that monoclonal antibody because it only lasts until two or three weeks,” he explained.
His press conference was to inform travellers that they would now be required to produce a negative test result 48 hours prior to travelling to the USVI.