The federal government has promised to start distributing more COVID-19 vaccines to Pacific Island nations later this month as both Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste fight major outbreaks.
- Several Pacific Island nations have also started vaccination programs using doses from the COVAX facility.
- Papua New Guinea is due to receive more than 130,000 vaccines from COVAX next week.
- Aid groups have welcomed the support for PNG, and the government’s promise to roll out vaccines in other Melanesian countries
A government spokesperson told the ABC that 10,000 locally manufactured AstraZeneca doses will be shipped out to the region every week, starting from April 19.
That figure will be ramped up over time as Australia increases its…