USP will have ‘No Jab, No School’ policy

The University of the South Pacific (USP) has adopted a ‘No Jab, No School’ policy across the region for 2022. Manager of Public Relations and Communications under the Office of the Vice Chancellor and President of

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COVAX: A lost opportunity

By Dan McGarry COVAX could have provided nations with a rallying point to promote international unity and cooperation. It could have put developing countries on even ground with the most advanced nations. It’s parent

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Five-year timeline to vaccinate

By Kevin McQuillan New modelling has revealed that Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea will have vaccinated less than 20% of their adult populations by the end of this year and it could take five years to

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COVID-19 cases in Papua New Guinea: the silent dead

Although only 65,000 suspect COVID-19 cases have been reported in Papua New Guinea over the last year, PNG’s own administrative health data show 2.6 million cases of flu- and pneumonia-like symptoms over the same

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Wish you were here: Pacific islands travel destinations inch towards reopening

Just a few months ago, whether travellers to the Pacific would need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 was still a matter of debate. But that discussion has moved as quickly as the Delta variant, and it now seems fait

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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

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Mixed response to Fiji’s ‘no jab, no job’ order

The Fiji government’s direction that all civil servants and private sector employees receive at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by August 1st has met with a mixed reaction. Last week Prime Minister Voreqe

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PS looks to 80% vaccination rate before lifting of restrictions

Fiji’s Permanent Secretary for Health says he’s looking at an 80% vaccination rate before restrictions on movement, gatherings and workplaces can be further relaxed. Currently 230,000 people have received their

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Measles epidemic shuts down Samoan government services

The ongoing measles epidemic in Samoa has prompted the government to announce the closure of all government services  this Thursday and Friday so public servants can assist with the country’s mass vaccination

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