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Marshalls First Independent Pacific Nation To Launch Covid Vaccines

The Marshall Islands has become the first independent nation in the Pacific region to begin Covid-19 vaccinations, with high-ranking leaders and Ministry of Health doctors and nurses being administered US-provided medicine. The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) delivered an initial batch of 1200 vaccines to Majuro  on Tuesday morning and the Ministry of Health wasted ... read more

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Aircalin Joins The A320neo Club

New Caledonian carrier Aircalin has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo. The aircraft is powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW1000 turbofans and has 168 seats in a single class layout, says Airbus. The airframer says that the type will allow Aircalin to open new Pacific routes. “With its new fleet the airline benefits ... read more

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Amid pandemic, Pacific Islands Work To Offset Food Shortages

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Coronavirus infections have barely touched many of the remote islands of the Pacific, but the pandemic’s fallout has been enormous, disrupting the supply chain that brings crucial food imports and sending prices soaring as tourism wanes. With a food crisis looming, many governments have begun community initiatives to help alleviate shortages: ... read more

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UN and Pacific Tourism Organisation host roundtable on sustainable tourism and COVID-19 recovery

The United Nations [UN] in partnership with the Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO)] Monday hosted a roundtable dedicated to the theme of ‘Restarting Sustainable Tourism in the Pacific’.   The initiative brought together governments, international development partners and key stakeholders in the tourism industry, from Fiji, Vanuatu and Palau, to share experiences as well as identify ... read more

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