The COVID-19 pandemic has presented Pacific Island governments with one of the greatest security challenges faced in the region’s history, presenting a major threat to the lives and livelihoods of Pacific people. Covid-19 has also demonstrated the unique position of many Pacific Islands, being difficult to access by international travel. This global position allowed Pacific Island nations to close borders and prevent the pandemic from affecting the Pacific for almost all of 2020.
In 2021, when COVID-19 has unfortunately penetrated parts of the Pacific, the region has still managed to innovate policy responses on border control and vaccination, with high rates of vaccination and low levels of community transmission in many countries.
The APSC’s coverage of COVID-19 in the Pacific has been one of its marquee products, documenting the story of the pandemic in the region, in its COVID-19 Trendlines series, and now, in the interactive COVID-19 Pacific Response map. Over time, this coverage has extended to the Pacific Wayfinder podcast, with spotlights on Papua New Guinea. The COVID-19 Trendlines has also spotlighted how the pandemic has affected the Pacific subregions, Micronesia and Polynesia.
APSC COVID-19 Interactive Map
During the COVID-19 pandemic the APSC has sought to track and analyse responses from national governments and the Council of Regional Organisations in the Pacific (CROP) agencies through our Trendlines series. This research has been converted into our interactive COVID-19 Pacific Response map. Here, you will see key facts, updated fortnightly, which reveal COVID-19 cases, deaths and vaccination rates across the region.