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 …

Delivery of 1000 Covid test kits to Samoa allows critical fisheries data work to continue

The recent surge in Covid cases in Samoa over the past two months has strained national government resources to provide Covid test kits to all personnel. The Samoa Health Department identified the Apia Fish Market and the International Wharf at Matautu…

ABC Radio: Coronacast Pacific - Testing still key to controlling COVID in the Pacific

Testing has been one of the critical elements in global efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. Dr Eka Buadromo is the Advisor for Laboratory Services in the Pacific, for the Pacific Community. She says now that borders are open and there is community…

What do the statistics tell us about the impacts of Covid-19 on PICT economies – Q4 2021

Key economic indicators from the final quarter of 2021 indicate an uneven recovery for the economies of Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new paper from the Pacific Community.

Digital Response for connecting Citizens- “Supporting the Pacific Close the Digital Divides in Response to COVID-19”

The European Union (EU) and the Pacific Community (SPC) today launched a FJD 1.6 million project, Supporting the Pacific Close the Digital Divides in Response to COVID-19 (SPC DDR-COVID-19).

Travelling along Tonga’s road to recovery

After a volcanic eruption, a tsunami and the continuing challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak, the people of Tonga are united in an effort to protect their communities and rebuild their island nation. However Pacific nations and organizations always rise…

Putting best practices into practical approaches for infection, prevention, and control

Health experts from the Pacific Community’s (SPC) Public Health Division were recently deployed to Kiribati to assist with COVID-19 response.

Improving healthcare associated infection surveillance

Improving healthcare associated infection surveillance

Strengthening Health Services for COVID-19 Response in Kiribati

Ensuring there is continuity of essential health services while responding to increasing demands to prioritise and manage COVID-19 patients, requires extensive stakeholder networking, detailed planning, and coordination in countries with limited…

COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate: A regional solution for cross border travel

The availability of vaccines and ongoing evidence-based research to mitigate COVID-19 is allowing Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) to explore a variety of safe and efficient means of re-opening borders in efforts to revive economies. One…
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