Regional Archive January 2021

The loss of tourists has taken a heavy economic toll, prompting some territories to try to find safe ways to allow visitors to return.

South Pacific Islands Target Rich Tourists as Pandemic Takes its Toll

When the head of Twitter, Mr. Jack Dorsey, recently made his fateful decision to ban former United States president Donald Trump from the social media platform, he did so from an island in French Polynesia, thousands of kilometres from Washington or Silicon Valley.
Health workers give Palau citizens their first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccination.

Palau Could Become the First in the World to be Vaccinated

A cluster of islands in the Pacific Ocean that's one of the few places on Earth entirely free from COVID-19 could become one of the first countries vaccinated against the disease.
The expedition to China was heading to Wuhan to investigate the earliest cases.

China Blocks WHO Team Sent to Study Covid's Origins

China has blocked the arrival of a team from the World Health Organization investigating the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, claiming that their visas had not yet been approved even as some members of the group were on their way.