Premier Alden McLaughlin said government won’t be putting the brakes on its plan to fight Zika using genetically modified mosquitoes.
In a letter read in the Legislative Assembly chamber last week, Opposition Leader McKeeva Bush called for government to shelve the project pending more scientific research, reading a letter co-signed by MLAs Bernie Bush and Captain Eugene Ebanks.
The premier shot that argument down in his own letter to Mr. Bush and his fellow CDP representatives from the district of West Bay, citing the fact that the World Health Organization actually recommends the GMO technology.
“Time is of the essence if we want to ensure our people have the best possible protection from dengue, chikungunya, and zika,” said the Premier’s letter. “With that goal in mind, I regrettably cannot accede to your request to put the project on hold.”
The Mosquito Research and Control Unit and Oxitec expect to release the first batch of the GMO mosquitoes this month.