COVID-19 Vaccine

Australia says it's given 2.1 million vaccines doses to the region

The Minister for International Development and the Pacific Zed Seselja told parliament this was one of the reasons why assistance to the Pacific remains critical.

He said on pandemic response, Australia had fronted up with COVID-19 vaccines.

"We have now gifted over 2.1 million life-saving vaccines to our neighbourhood. Because until everyone is safe from COVID, nobody is safe.

"And similarly, hundreds of thousands of Australian jobs depend on strong economic growth across our region."

Sleeves Up For New Crest Lihir

The New Ireland Provincial Health Authority (NIPHA) with support of Newcrest Lihir and the Lihir operations health care providers, International SOS, launched the campaign at the Londolovit Town Oval recently.

Twenty-three people from Newcrest Lihir, received the vaccination at the launch.

New Ireland province has already vaccinated 411 people through the SLEEVES UP campaign launched by NIPHA, proving it to be a success with individuals taking the right approach in safeguarding themselves and their families.

ESP: Children will not be vaccinated

The East Sepik Provincial Health Authority recently received 8,600 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Governor Allan Bird dismissed rumors it will be given to children in the province.

He said the 8,600 doses will be given to front liners like health workers or the police, and other key service providers, shop workers and the elderly.

Governor Bird said the ESPHA is doing normal immunization that is done for all children from birth to 17 years old.

Government looks at AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

After studying the various COVID-19 vaccines developed, MESAC recommended that PNG access the AstraZeneca vaccine that was developed through the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX) facility and approved by the World Health Organisation.

He announced this after a meeting with Health Minister Jelta Wong, National Pandemic Controller David Manning, members of the Joint Task Force, stakeholders and the MESAC.

New Zealand's first Covid-19 vaccine given provisional approval

It comes after a robust assessment of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine’s safety, effectiveness and quality by medicines regulator Medsafe.

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says the first phase of rolling out the vaccine can now begin.

“Following Medsafe’s approval, Ministry of Health officials will give advice to the Government this week about the ‘decision to use’ the vaccine. This will essentially set out who are most suited to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, such as age ranges.”

New Zealand Catholic bishops urge everyone to have a Covid-19 vaccine

NZ Catholic Bishops Conference President, Cardinal John Dew, cited this country’s 2019-20 measles epidemic and the endorsement of Covid-19 vaccines by Pope Francis as reasons the bishops are calling on everyone to get vaccinated.

Pope Francis this week lamented that some people were saying they would refuse vaccination, adding: “I believe that morally, everyone must take the vaccine. It is the moral choice because it is about your life [and] the lives of others.”

First Americans 'could get vaccine in early December'

Dr Moncef Slaoui told US network CNN the plan was to "ship vaccines to the immunisation sites within 24 hours" of a vaccine being approved.

The comments come amid a surge in coronavirus cases across the country.

The US has recorded more than 12m cases and 255,000 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

These are the highest tolls registered anywhere in the world.

American pharmaceutical company Pfizer and its partner BioNTech submitted an application on Friday for emergency authorisation in the US of their Covid-19 vaccine.

US Pacific excited about Biden Covid approach and possible vaccine

Guam and the Northern Marianas have both expressed hope in the incoming administration's Covid-19 policy.

RNZ Pacific correspondent in Saipan, Mark Rabago, said a Joe Biden administration seemed to be more attuned to using science to combat the virus.

"I do hope the Biden administration will deliver on its promise to tackle Covid-19 head on. They seem to be relying more on factual data, scientific data and really relying on experts."

First 'milestone' Covid-19 vaccine offers 90% protection

The developers - Pfizer and BioNTech - described it as a "great day for science and humanity".

Their vaccine has been tested on 43,500 people in six countries and no safety concerns have been raised.

The companies plan to apply for emergency approval to use the vaccine by the end of the month.

No vaccine has gone from the drawing board to being proven highly effective in such a short period of time.

BAT subsidiary working on potential COVID-19 vaccine

In a statement, BAT says if the testing by bio-tech subsidiary, Kentucky BioProcessing (KBP) goes well, between 1 and 3 million doses of the vaccine could be manufactured per week, beginning in June.

The multinational company said while KBP remains a commercial operation, the intention is that its work around the Covid-19 vaccine project will be carried out on a not for profit basis.

The vaccine in development uses BAT’s proprietary, fast-growing tobacco plant technology which has several advantages over conventional vaccine production technology: