COVID-19: Pacific Community Updates

This page will be regularly updated as new information is received  The COVID-19 (COrona VIrus Disease 2019) outbreak was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020. Globally, nations are taking actions to reduce and …

Trust, flexibility and innovation: celebrating the partnership between New Zealand and the Pacific Community

I recall vividly the first days of COVID-19, when the Pacific – and the world – discovered this new disease which was going to so deeply upset all of our certainties. For intergovernmental organisations such as the Pacific Community (SPC), agility and…

COVID-19 testing capability in Kiribati enhanced with refurbished laboratory

A refurbished container laboratory was officially opened last week by Kiribati’s Ministry of Health and Medical Services. The laboratory will enhance the nation’s in-country COVID-19  testing capacity. During the last year Kiribati had been relying on…

Healthy Tips: Paying attention to personal hygiene is important to protect yourself and others from Covid-19 and infectious diseases

It bears repeating that paying attention to personal hygiene is important to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 and other infectious diseases:

"The fight against climate change is constantly evolving", Dirk Snyman, Climate Finance Coordinator

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More ventilators to support Pacific’s growing COVID-19 patients

Last month, the Pacific Community (SPC) supplied 20 Hamilton ventilators to 11 Pacific Islands Countries and Territories (PICTs). These ventilators will enable PICTs to manage critically ill patients that need respiratory care. PICTs receiving these…

Green News: SPC runs the Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees (CePaCT), a lab facility that maintains, tests and distributes crop varieties that are key for food and nutrition security

Did you know that SPC runs the Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees (CePaCT), a lab facility that maintains, tests and distributes crop varieties that are key for food and nutrition security? Since COVID-19, the need for Pacific countries to be more self-…

Healthy Tips: Stay informed and updated about COVID-19 from around the region

Stay informed and updated about COVID-19 from around the region with accurate and reliable information. Click here to access surveillance data, maps, and other useful resources.

Stat of the week: Visitors in American Samoa in 2020

There were only 890 visitors to American Samoa🇦🇸 in 2020. This represents a 98% decrease compared to 2019 (58,668) which was actually the peak number of visitors over the last 10 years.

Healthy Tips: COVID-19 vaccine's most common side effects

After getting a COVID-19 vaccine, you may experience short-term reactions or side effects... The most common side effects are:
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