The government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) struggles with vaccine hesitancy. Consequently, the PNG National Research Institute (NRI) recently “urged the government to re-strategize” on its approach to COVID-19 vaccination across this developing country. Research recently conducted by Professor Eugene Ezebilo, Deputy Director for Research for PNG NRI, articulates unacceptable vaccination rates considering the threats of COVID-19. What is the situation in PNG?
COVID in PNG?
With about 9.2 million people this poor Oceania nation now experiences its worst spike of SARS-CoV-2 according to data from Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Data Repository Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE). Both new cases and deaths are at an all-time high.
To date, the country reports approximately 28,487 cases and 335 deaths due to COVID-19. Only about 1.2% of the population is fully vaccinated and only 2.1% received one jab.
By August 1 PNG received COVID-19 vaccine doses from AstraZeneca (COVISHIELD—Serum Institute of India), AstraZeneca (AZD1222 donated by New Zealand), and J&J/Janssen donated by the USA. Dose amounts were 132,000, 146,400, and 302,400 respectively,...
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