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24th August 2021, 20:22

Infectious diseases expert has been standing in as Director of Public Health for the last month

An expert on infectious diseases who has been running the Public Health England Team responsible for the Overseas Territories, has been standing in as Director of Public Health for the last month. 

Dr Autilia Newton stepped in at the beginning of the month following the departure of Dr Bhatti. She is here at the request of the Gibraltar Government and not on behalf of Public Health England. She will leave in the next few days and hand over to the next Director of Public Health who has not yet been confirmed by Government. 

Speaking to our reporter Kevin Ruiz, Dr Newton says that preliminary evidence suggests the virus does not stay very long in people who are vaccinated, which helps to break the chain of transmission.