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Since Daily Post published an article on COVID-19 vaccines for Vanuatu in the beginning of January, attempts to have further follow-up questions answered by the Ministry of Health have been futile.

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It is a new year and living here in Vanuatu we have much to be thankful for. Vanuatu remains one of the small number of countries in the world that is COVID-19 free. And I congratulate the Government and people of Vanuatu for this success.

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Google Trends has shown that in the last seven days, keyword Search for Vanuatu in the Netherland Province of Overijssel peaked with a 100% interest since Alexander De Groot’s story was published in Alegmeen Dagblad and Tubantia, two of the Dutch daily newspapers.

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Congratulations to the Health Team and the team providing security at quarantine sites.

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The British High Commissioner in Vanuatu, Karen Bell, has confirmed that the United Kingdom will roll out the COVID-19 vaccine across the United Kingdom later today- Vanuatu time.

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Vanuatu is now COVID-free again. The welcoming news was announced by Prime Minister Bob Loughman yesterday afternoon, as he revealed the test results from the first COVID-19 patient sent to Australia for further examination, came back negative.

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Director General of the Ministry of Health, Russell Tamata has confirmed that a repatriate has breached quarantine protocols over the weekend. 

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Frontline health workers who are and will be risking their own health to take care of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic are entitled to a risk allowance of Vt18,000 on top of their usual pay.

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The Government, through the Council of Ministers (COM) has endorsed the recommendation of the National Disaster Committee (NDC) to lift temporary travel restrictions issued over Efate and its offshore islands.

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The SHEFA Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has been activated to better manage and coordinate emergency response on Efate and its offshore islands, following the confirmation of the first confirmed coronavirus case in Vanuatu.

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The movement of people on north Tanna to other parts of the island is temporarily restricted as seven people were sent to quarantine after reportedly getting into contact with occupants on a yacht that had arrived illegally in Vanuatu from French Polynesia.

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A team from the WASH Cluster has been visiting businesses in Port Vila which include shops, restaurants, nakamals and any institution generating any form of revenue to ensure they are still complying with the hand hygiene order issued under the State of Emergency (SoE).

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The 23-year-old who has tested positive for COVID-19 has been transferred out from the quarantine site to the Vila Central Hospital (VCH) Isolation Ward yesterday night. 

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The Vanuatu Police Force (VPF) has advised all interested candidates that have been selected for interviewing process for the police recruit position, that all interviews scheduled to take place in all respective provinces have been put on hold.

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Air Vanuatu has announced it has taken the necessary steps to temporarily suspend its domestic passenger services in and out of Port Vila, in compliance with the directive issued by the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) and Civil Aviation Authority of Vanuatu (CAAV).

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Piles of donated medical supplies given through a partnership agreement with SHaRM Australian Foundation and the Rotary Club have been discarded since last year at the Epauto Multipurpose Hall in Port Vila.

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Since the border closure in March due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, the number of domestic violence cases in Vanuatu has surged and almost tripled compared to the average reports for previous years, Vanuatu Women’s Centre (VWC) Research Officer Sharon Frank revealed.

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The whole island of Efate has been placed in a temporary lockdown as of yesterday afternoon. 

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Four of Vanuatu’s own Science Lecturers that lecture at Vanuatu’s Institute of Teacher Education (VITE) in Port Vila, have engraved their names in the history of teaching science in the country by writing the country’s first “Holistic Approach to Addressing COVID-19 in Vanuatu”.

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The Australian Coalition Government did something very unusual in the aid budget last night. It increased foreign aid. It kept the headline aid figure at $4 billion (as per last year’s forward estimates), but then said it would spend another $211 million this year to respond in the region to…

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Lockdowns across the world have pushed people into the privacy of their homes, unintentionally closing the shutters on violence against children. Children and young people are facing unprecedented threats to their childhoods and futures as a result of COVID-19.

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Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) otherwise known as the ‘Silent Killer’ has been placed on the backburner while Vanuatu continues to keep, what it seems like its full attention, on COVID-19.

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The previous article in this series looked at how much Pacific governments were spending in response to COVID-19. Of equal interest is the question of what they are spending on. As part of Devpolicy’s Pacific Covid Economic Database research, we have attempted to answer this question for the…

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In these ever changing and complex times, we understand that being informed and up to date is not easy. In an attempt to ensure we share as much information as possible, we will be providing more regular updates such as this one. While the current COVID-19 situation is still one of rapid cha…

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