VP Howard-Taylor Tests Positive for COVID-19

7 February 2018. Paynesville: Vice-President of Liberia, Jewel Howard-Taylor, gives her remarks at the Liberian Women's Consultative Forum in Paynesville City Hall, Liberia. Photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran - UNMIL

Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor is said to have tested positive for COVID-19, which led to her being flown to Accra, Ghana for treatment.

VP Howard-Taylor’s office on Tuesday, August 11, announced that she was flown out of the country to seek treatment at a specialist hospital in Accra, Ghana for respiratory complications.

But a medical referral from Health Minister Dr. Wilhemina Jallah, dated August 11, states that the VP Howard-Taylor was tested positive for the virus on August 10, and was granted permission to seek medication abroad based on the advice of the VP’s doctor.

The Liberia News Agency, a media arm of the Ministry of Information, on Tuesday reported a story captioned “Unconfirmed Reports Say VP Taylor Tests Positive for COVID-19.”

The news agency later issued a statement apologizing to the public for “the inaccuracy of the report which was a result of an inadvertent crack in the editorial review mechanism of the Agency.”

VP Taylor is the second government official to be flown to Ghana for COVID-19 treatment after Deputy Education Minister Latim Da-thong was in June flown to the West African country for treatment.