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Replacement for MDL head Weldon to be announced soon

Biochemist Carika Weldon at the Government’s Covid-19 test centre (File photograph)

The Government has pledged a smooth transfer of leadership at its Covid-19 test lab after the departure of its current executive director next week.

The resignation of Carika Weldon, head of the Molecular Diagnostic and Research Laboratory, will become official on Tuesday.

Dr Weldon has led the lab since it opened just after the start of the pandemic.

She handed in her notice this month amid problems caused by a backlog when a peak in coronavirus cases coincided with the Government’s plans to go ahead with the reopening of public school classrooms.

Dr Weldon highlighted repeated warnings to government officials not to proceed with reopening schools but said her advice was ignored.

She added that staff shortages at the Warwick-based lab also contributed to the breakdown in the turnaround of tests.

Kim Wilson, the health minister, said on Wednesday: “I want to assure the public that a plan for the transition of the leadership for MDL is already well developed.”

Ms Wilson said the Bermuda Health Council, assisted by the health ministry, would help to draw up and implement a succession plan.

She added: “We expect a smooth changeover next week.

“The staff at MDL are experienced and well trained.

“Dr Weldon is to be commended for her leadership to date and her assistance with this transition.”

Ms Wilson said details of the lab’s new leadership would be announced “very shortly”.

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Published January 28, 2022 at 7:55 am (Updated January 28, 2022 at 5:44 pm)

Replacement for MDL head Weldon to be announced soon

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