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French Polynesia confirms Omicron cases

French Polynesia's health minister says there are now 20 Covid-19 cases of the Omicron variant. Jacques Raynal says practically all cases are tourists who are...

Booster dose rolled out in Fiji for specific target population

Fiji's Ministry of Health and Medical Services has rolled out the COVID-19 booster dose for a specific target population in the country. According to the...

Australia rules out lockdowns despite Omicron surge

Australia must move past "the heavy hand of government" and authorities must stop shutting down people's lives with COVID-19 lockdowns, Prime Minister Scott Morrison...

‘Consistent evidence’ of Omicron’s spread vs Delta: WHO’s Tedros

There is now “consistent evidence” that the Omicron variant is outpacing Delta, as COVID-19 continues to account for around 50,000 deaths worldwide every week,...

New Zealand donates 1.2m doses of vaccine to Pacific, Asia

New Zealand has now given almost 1.2 million Covid-19 vaccine doses to Pacific and Asian nations, with more than half of them going to...

WHO sounds warning over fast-spreading Omicron

The Omicron variant of the coronavirus is spreading faster than the Delta variant and is causing infections in people already vaccinated or who have...

Only 9.9 percent elderly population in Solomon Islands vaccinated

Only 9.9 percent of elderly people in Solomon Islands are fully vaccinated while only 33.8 percent have had their first dose. This was confirmed by...

Vanuatu approves State of Emergency extension

Vanuatu is expected to undergo a further extension of the State of Emergency (SOE). This was confirmed in a Council of Ministers (COM) Meeting held...

New Covid-19 border measures for the Cook Islands

The Cook Islands Prime Minister says Cabinet has approved new entry rules for people once the border is reopened mid-January. Mark Brown said the Covid-19...

PNG get vaccinated: WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is urging Papua New Guinea to increase its Coronavirus vaccination rates in its efforts to prepare for a Omicron...

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