Vaccinating the Pacific is ‘in our interests’

Published on Jul 27, 2021
Australia’s continued support of a vaccination rollout in the Pacific is of great importance and serves “our interests in the medium-term, and in the long term as well," according to Minister for International Development and the Pacific Zed Seselja.

Mr Seselja told Sky News host Chris Kenny Australia had committed to “about 15 million doses” of the COVID-19 vaccine for the Pacific.

“We are seeing a significant take-up and significant delivery of Australian-made vaccines into our region and it has been taken up,” Mr Seselja said.

“We will be at a million doses to the Pacific this week.

“We’re seeing really big rollouts in places like Fiji where we’ve delivered about half a million doses of AstraZeneca, and we’re seeing pretty significant take-up of those doses in the Fijian population.

“We’re seeing it in places like the Solomon Islands, in PNG, Vanuatu, and Tuvalu, right around the Pacific, we’re seeing a significant number of these doses.

“It is important that our region is protected.”


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