COVID-19 Vaccine

Australia says it's given 2.1 million vaccines doses to the region

The Minister for International Development and the Pacific Zed Seselja told parliament this was one of the reasons why assistance to the Pacific remains critical.

He said on pandemic response, Australia had fronted up with COVID-19 vaccines.

"We have now gifted over 2.1 million life-saving vaccines to our neighbourhood. Because until everyone is safe from COVID, nobody is safe.

"And similarly, hundreds of thousands of Australian jobs depend on strong economic growth across our region."

200 people receive COVID-19 vaccine in Santo rollout

The targeted eligible vaccination population of the province is over 33,000.

Among those who were vaccinated were the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Member of Parliament for Luganville, Marc Ati, and other MPs for Santo and Luganville, President of SANMA Provincial Council, Mayor of Luganville and other heads of government departments and business houses

Fanafo, Port Olry, Avunatari, Isu and Tasmalum Health Centres are some of the temporary vaccination sites that will be set up for a certain period to encourage people living close to these areas to get vaccinated.

Japan offers 3 million vaccine doses at Pacific Islands Summit

Suga’s announcement came as leaders of Japan and Pacific island nations and territories held an online meeting Friday, with Tokyo aiming to promote its “Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy” in an apparent effort to counter China’s growing influence in the region.

In the virtual meeting, Japan also pledged assistance to help Pacific countries recover from the coronavirus pandemic by strengthening health care and medical systems, providing economic relief, and improving infrastructure facilities among other measures, according to government officials.

Vanuatu President receives first dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

President Moses and his wife the First Lady Estella Moses received their vaccination at the Convention Centre in Port Vila on Wednesday.

More than 8,000 people have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine so far.

The country has received 44,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from COVAX Facility and Sinopharm vaccine from China.


Airports Vanuatu staff among the first to receive COVID-19 vaccine

AVL Chief Executive Officer Jason Rakau, AVL Board Directors Letlet August and Bettina Mahieu, Group Head of Air Navigation Services Kevin Abel, Manager Commercial Jorick Sarginson, and frontline staff from Airport Rescue and Firefighting Services (Hamish Malokle and Ben Bule), Aviation Security (Natu Vira) and Customer Services (Lissie Woiviresulu) were part of the first 100 leaders to receive their jab at the National Convention Centre yesterday.

Rakau said he was proud to have been selected in this group of top leaders to be offered the vaccine.

Vaccine rollout in England extends to 44-year-olds

Two-thirds of the previous age group - 45 to 49-year-olds - have received their first dose.

The NHS said it would set out when 40 to 43-year-olds would be able to book appointments "in the coming days", as supply allows.

It comes as a TV advert is launched to encourage under-50s to get vaccinated.

The total number of vaccine doses given in the UK reached almost 46.3 million on Sunday, with a further 498,430 second doses and 142,215 first doses reported.

US agencies call for pause in Johnson & Johnson vaccine

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said six cases in 6.8 million doses had been reported and it was acting "out of an abundance of caution".

Following the news, South Africa, the first country to use the jab, said it would suspend its rollout.

Johnson & Johnson said it would also delay its vaccine drive in Europe.

The US move follows similar rare cases in the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has prompted some curbs in its use.

Ni-Vanuatu Physician receives Covid-19 vaccine

The Physician is completing his specialist training at CWM Hospital.

He has received his COVID-19 vaccine as part of the Fijian Government's vaccine rollout.

Dr Sale is one of the health care workers that have received the vaccine.

Many health workers and frontline workers will have the opportunity to be vaccinated in the coming months.


New Zealand's first Covid-19 vaccine given provisional approval

It comes after a robust assessment of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine’s safety, effectiveness and quality by medicines regulator Medsafe.

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says the first phase of rolling out the vaccine can now begin.

“Following Medsafe’s approval, Ministry of Health officials will give advice to the Government this week about the ‘decision to use’ the vaccine. This will essentially set out who are most suited to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, such as age ranges.”

New Zealand Catholic bishops urge everyone to have a Covid-19 vaccine

NZ Catholic Bishops Conference President, Cardinal John Dew, cited this country’s 2019-20 measles epidemic and the endorsement of Covid-19 vaccines by Pope Francis as reasons the bishops are calling on everyone to get vaccinated.

Pope Francis this week lamented that some people were saying they would refuse vaccination, adding: “I believe that morally, everyone must take the vaccine. It is the moral choice because it is about your life [and] the lives of others.”