This island nation has had no cases of Covid for months. Now he’s overwhelmed.

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 This island nation has had no cases of Covid for months.  Now he's overwhelmed.


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“It’s our family. They are our friends. They are our neighbors. They are our partners, ”Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said last week. “It’s in Australia’s best interest, and it’s in our region’s best interest.”

Covax, a global health initiative designed to make access to vaccinations more equal, began distributing vaccine doses to developing countries last month and announced it will deliver 588,000 to Papua New Guinea by June.

But in some cases, richer countries have failed to honor contracts, reducing the number of doses the initiative can purchase, World Health Organization director Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement. last month. He warned that the pandemic will not end until everyone is vaccinated.

“It’s not a question of charity,” he said. “It’s a question of epidemiology.”

Until then, officials in Papua New Guinea will have to tackle not only the virus itself, but also a wave of misinformation about the pathogen and vaccines, widely circulated through social media.

“Even for the educated health worker, this causes a lot of doubt,” said Dr Nou, the Port Moresby-based doctor who conducted a survey of the opinions of health workers about the pandemic. He said some around the country believed the virus was a hoax, or that islanders were immune, or that it might be safer to contract the virus than to get the vaccine.

As the country now fights an all-out battle against the coronavirus, some public health experts fear that the redirection of resources will come at a deadly cost for those suffering from other serious health conditions, such as malaria or tuberculosis. Papua New Guinea has some of the highest rates of tuberculosis in the world.

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