Regional Archive April 2021

Permanent Secretary for Health, Doctor James Fong.

Fiji Records 5 New COVID Cases

5 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Fiji while screening continued overnight after confirmation that a garment factory worker from Kalabu is one of the positive cases.
As of March 2021, ADB had committed more than USD$750 million, including in cofinancing and technical assistance, to support Pacific countries respond to the pandemic.

ADB Approves USD$18.9 Million for Rollout of COVID-19 Vaccines in the Pacific

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved $18.9 million in grants to help four developing member countries (DMCs) in the Pacific roll out safe and effective vaccines against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
He says it is regrettable that the five Micronesian countries have decided to withdraw from the forum and says that it was quite a challenge for the leaders in last year’s voting process for the new Secretary General.

Solomon Islands Confident in Political Dialogue to Restore Pacific Unity

Foreign Affairs Minister Jeremiah Manele says Solomon Islands is confident that Pacific relationship with Micronesia will soon be resolved.
"With rising infections, understandable fatigue with social restrictions, low levels of immunity among the population and the fragile health system, it's vital that it receives more vaccines as soon as possible."

COVID-19 Outbreak in PNG at 'Critical' Point: WHO

Papua New Guinea's battle with a surging COVID-19 outbreak is at a "critical" stage as health authorities battle a fragile health system, slow and limited testing and vaccine hesitancy.
To date there have been close to 8,000 confirmed victims of the virus and 68 deaths in PNG.

More Australian Aid for PNG Covid-19 Fight

The Australian Government is providing additional aid to help Papua New Guinea's response to Covid-19.
Launching the Strategy, Hon. Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama said the document is a key influencer for the shared prosperity and security of Blue Pacific, mirroring the Paris Agreement processes and aligning with the sustainable development agendas of the Pacific island countries.

The NDC Hub Launches 10-year Strategy for Climate Action in the Pacific

Laying out the game plan for Pacific climate action through its Nationally Determined Contributions for the next decade, the long-term strategy of the Regional Pacific NDC Hub was officially launched by the Chair of the Pacific Small Island Developing States, and Fijian Prime Minister Hon Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama in Suva today.