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Only 11pc of Papua New Guinea population vaccinated

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With 22 days away to go before the year ends, Papua New Guinea is well short of reaching its goal of vaccinating 1.8 million...

Omicron cases prompt COVID safety warning in Fiji

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Fiji's Ministry of Health says finding the Omicron variant in travellers in border quarantine is not unexpected, given how quickly it has spread worldwide. Permanent...

Cook Islands panic abates after first ever Covid case proves to be a false...

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On Friday, the tiny Pacific country, one of the few countries to avoid any Covid cases throughout the pandemic, announced its first case: a...

Two Fijians tested positive of the Omicron variant

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Two Fijian citizens who had travelled back into Fiji from Nigeria on 25 November have tested positive of the Omicron variant. This was confirmed by...

First Covid-19 case in Cook Islands ‘a good test’ ahead of border opening

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The Cook Islands says its first case of Covid-19 is a good test ahead of the opening of its borders next month. The case is...

Don’t panic but prepare for Omicron likely spread, says WHO

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As scientists continue to investigate the Omicron COVID-19 variant, the UN World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday urged countries not to panic but to...

First case of COVID-19 in Cook Islands

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Prime Minister Mark Brown has announced that the Cook Islands has it’s first positive case of COVID-19. A passenger on Thursday repatriation flight who tested...

Omicron did not come as a surprise: Dr Fong

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Policymakers in Fiji are leaving the situation to the health experts to draft the country’s next course of action. This as the new Omicron variant...

‘The fear of this vaccine is real’: how Papua New Guinea’s Covid strategy went...

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By Jo Chandler Public confusion and distrust over vaccination have been fuelled by what experts say are crippling failures in authorities’ response to the pandemic In...

Landmark decision to negotiate new accord on pandemics ‘cause for hope’

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Agreement by countries to launch a process to develop a new global accord on pandemic prevention and response is cause for hope, the head...

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EU could suspend Vanuatu visa-free travel over ‘golden passports’ scheme

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The European Commission has proposed suspending a visa-free travel arrangement with Vanuatu due to concerns about the Pacific nation’s controversial “golden passports” scheme. The proposed...