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 …

New in-country COVID-19 testing now allows for early intervention in Kiribati

The newly established RT-PCR molecular container laboratory in Kiribati has achieved its final validation from the Doherty Institute in December indicating readiness in the diagnosis and management of COVID-19 and the application of its technology. This…

Stat of the week: Doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the Pacific Region by the end of 2021

By the end of 2021, 3,982,436 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered in the Pacific Region.   To learn more about Covid-19 updates in the Pacific, please visit this page.

International Day of Epidemic Preparedness- Strengthening capacity in the Pacific region

The World Health Organisation declared International Day of Epidemic Preparedness in 2020 to create awareness around the importance of the prevention, preparedness, and partnership against epidemics especially during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Real-time testing facility helps the Cook Islands face the COVID-19 threat

Thanks to financial and in-kind support from New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), the Pacific Community has been able to equip the Cook Islands with one of the most advanced COVID-19 testing platforms at the early stages of the…

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…
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