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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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The Council of Ministers (CoM) decision No. 103 on July 16 has approved the commencement of negotiations for the travel bubble, now officially known as the Tamtam Bubble.

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All of us are currently faced with making challenging and complex decisions during these strange COVID-19 times. For me as the Commissioner of Labour, this complexity was magnified when playing a key role in making decisions around repatriation. There is the constant dilemma of how do we kee…

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The government will spend around Vt50 million to cover the quarantine cost of over 1,500 citizens and residents in the first repatriation phase, said Director General (DG) of the Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC), Esline Bule.

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The COVID-19 global pandemic is the most extensive to afflict humanityin a century. It poses a grave threat tohuman life and health.

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Market vendors who have become victims of the decision by the SHEFA Provincial Government Council (SPGC) to limit number of vendors at the Manples Market, are currently using the parking lot within the premises of Cellovila at Tebakor area.

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As repatriation flights are planned for Ni-Vanuatu currently stranded overseas, the Ministry of Health (MOH) conducted a mock drill at the Port Vila International Airport yesterday on how to manage these flights.

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The mandatory quarantine costs the Vanuatu Government had to meet for quarantining around 60 citizens and residents who initially returned overseas to date is approximately Vt13 million, said Acting Director of the Ministry of Health (MoH), Johnson Wabaiat.

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is spreading to Pacific island countries (PICs), posing a severe threat to their economies and human security. Donors are aiding the region. For example, the United States has provided more than US$32 million to PICs. Australia announced AU$10.5 million as…

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The Ministry of Finance and Economic Management wish to inform all business sectors nationwide, that the Government has now established its policy directions in light of the COVID -19 pandemic, to confirm which business sectors are eligible to benefit directly from the announced Economic Sti…

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Commissioner of Labour, Murielle Meltenoven, has commended workers in Vanuatu and abroad for their contributions to the development of the country.

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The Vila Central Hospital (VCH) and the Northern Provincial Hospital (NPH) in Santo as the country’s main referral hospitals must be fully equipped with necessary equipment to handle COVID-19 cases if there is any detection.

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In the Pacific we aspire to endurance and sustainability. But progress is difficult to sustain when we face multiple threats that reverse decades of development gains in a matter of hours or days.

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MP-elect for Port Vila, Ralph Regenvanu, has stepped in to assist his voters who lost their means of earning an income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Caretaker Minister of Meteorology, Geological Hazards and Climate Change Bruno Leingkone has issued several orders under the Disaster Risk Management Act to direct Government agencies responding to COVID-19 and Tropical Cyclone Harold.

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Twenty-six-year old Harper Lini Vanua of North Pentecost has become the first person to speak well of Coronavirus.

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The Government has announced the appointment of a COVID-19 Advisory team to assist the National Disaster Management Office implement prevention and containment measures to respond to the COVID – 19 pandemic in the region and keep Vanuatu free of the Virus.