COVID-19 – the Pacific response: 13 August 2021

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Hugh McClure - 13 Aug 2021

COVID-19 – the Pacific response: 13 August 2021

The Fijian Government has refused to impose a lockdown despite exploding case numbers, whilst Palau has announced that it has achieved the vaccination rate necessary for herd immunity, Hugh McClure writes. With 37,582 cases of COVID-19 and 317 deaths, Fiji has overtaken Australia to become the Pacific Island Forum member country with the highest number…

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COVID-19 – the Pacific Response: 29 July 2021

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Hugh McClure - 29 Jul 2021

COVID-19 – the Pacific Response: 29 July 2021

Papua New Guinea and Fiji are facing large budget deficits in the wake of COVID-19, while Australia is set to surpass one million vaccines delivered to the Pacific, Hugh McClure writes. There are now more than 17,000 active COVID-19 cases in isolation in Fiji, after the country recorded its worst day of the pandemic to-date, with…

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COVID-19 – the Pacific Response: 15 July 2021

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Hugh McClure - 15 Jul 2021

COVID-19 – the Pacific Response: 15 July 2021

Fiji is introducing a ‘no jab, no job’ policy for public servants, whilst Japan has committed to vaccine assistance for the region, Hugh McClure writes. Fiji’s situation continues to concern the region. The rolling seven-day average of cases there has reached 696, a marked increase from 269 a fortnight ago, and higher on a per…

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Pacific Wayfinder: Advancing regional security through research

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Eliorah Malifa - 7 Jul 2021

Pacific Wayfinder: Advancing regional security through research

Pacific research that focuses on the intersectional nature of the Pacific region’s security challenges is vital, Eliorah Malifa writes for the Pacific Wayfinder series. Security is at the forefront of discussions at local, national and regional levels. While the public’s focus is often drawn to a small number of high visibility security issues, the enactment…

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COVID-19 – the Pacific Response: 1 July 2021

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Hugh McClure - 1 Jul 2021

COVID-19 – the Pacific Response: 1 July 2021

Spotlight on Fiji Fiji is refusing to implement a hard lockdown, while vaccine hesitancy is creating increased risk throughout the Pacific, Hugh McClure writes. This fortnight, this update takes a deeper dive into the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation in Fiji. 2,626 cases were recorded in Fiji in the 14 days to 28 June, as Viti Levu…

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COVID-19 – the Pacific response: 17 June

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Hugh McClure - 18 Jun 2021

COVID-19 – the Pacific response: 17 June

Papua New Guinea’s Health Minister declared that COVID-19 is “under control” despite case numbers continuing to climb, Hugh McClure writes COVID-19 case numbers have increased substantially in Fiji this fortnight. 1,206 cases have been identified to date and five deaths recorded. On Wednesday 16 June, the country reported its highest daily case numbers on record,…

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