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No progress on Fiji bubble until COVID is controlled: Australia

Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific says Australia will want to see COVID cases under control in Fiji before any commitment can be made on a travel bubble. When Fiji’s Minister for Economy delivered government’s 2021-2022 budget on Friday night, it painted an optimistic vision of a Fiji open to some tourists by Christmas. “I want us to all...

Developing nations put numbers on the table for the next climate finance goal

By Chloé Farand Nearly 100 developing countries have come together to define what success means at Cop26, raising the stakes for donor countries to step up their finance pledges Developing countries have called on rich nations to provide at least $100 billion a year in public finance to help them tackle climate change, ahead of discussions on the next global finance...

First delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to Tokelau complete

Tokelau has received its first batch of COVID-19 vaccines, with a 5000 nautical mile trip to transport Pfizer vaccines now complete. HMNZS Wellington has successfully delivered the vaccine consignment to the Fakaofo, Nukunonu and Atafu atolls of Tokelau. Transporting the vaccines on behalf of the Ministry of Health, HMNZS Wellington and her 76 crew utilised a Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boat and...

Fiji vaccine rule a ‘threat to life’: Dr Hawea

Former Health Ministry doctor Jone Hawea says Fiji Government’s “no jab, no job” policy threatens the livelihoods of those who do not wish to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Dr Hawea made the comments during a virtual discussion on Government’s ‘no jab, no job’ policy last week. Dr Hawea said he was not “anti-vaccine” but was against the manner in which Fijians...

WMO chief warns of rising extreme weather events, natural disasters

Extreme weather events and natural disasters will continue to increase, the head of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) warned on Monday, saying that climate change was the root cause for the torrential rainstorms and deadly floods ravaging across Western Europe this summer. Speaking to Xinhua, Petteri Taalas, secretary-general of the Geneva-based WMO, said: “We have always had extreme weather events,...

Fiji government to roll out vax pass

Only fully vaccinated Fijians will be able to travel, go to restaurants and attend large gatherings, says Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. He also said to protect against fraud, individual biometrics information would be captured to form the basis of identity authentication. While delivering the 2021-2022 National Budget last Friday, the A-G said Government was developing secure vaccine passports which were essentially...

IOC Session begins in Tokyo with a message of peace and harmony despite COVID19 pandemic

By Makereta Komai, PACNEWS  Editor The 138th Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) got underway in Tokyo this morning with a message of 'peace' and 'harmony' that the host government hopes will shine through when the Games that starts Friday. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga welcomed delegates from 205 National Olympic Committees with a message that despite the challenges of Covid19...

France, South Pacific nations to combat ‘predatory’ fishing as China extends reach

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday France and South Pacific nations would launch a South Pacific coastguard network to counter “predatory” behavior, which an adviser said was aimed at illegal fishing, as China expands its maritime reach. The United States and allies including France, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, are actively expanding their activity in the Pacific to counter...

Fiji records 784 new cases of COVID-19 and 15 deaths reported

Fiji has recorded 784 new cases of COVID-19 and 15 deaths reported Monday. Permanent secretary for Health Dr James Fong said the new COVID-19 deaths for the period of 12 - 19 July. “The first COVID-19 death to report is a 65-year-old woman from Laucala Beach. She presented to the CWM Hospital Emergency Department in severe respiratory distress. She died 7...

PNG records three new COVID-19 cases – total cases at 17,467

Papua New Guinea has recorded three new COVID-19 cases on Friday 16 July, increasing the total number of cases to 17,467. The cases were reported in three provinces. West Sepik, East Sepik and Hela reported a single case each. Of the three reported cases, two were males and a female. Their ages range from 25 to 58 years. One out of...

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