/ 18 March 2021

Help for Papua New Guinea

In response to an overwhelming wave of new COVID infections, PM Scott Morrison yesterday said Australia will send 8,000 doses of our COVID vaccine supply to PNG next week to vaccinate frontline medical workers. He will also ask AstraZeneca and regulators to send 1 million doses contracted to Australia to the country ASAP. Europe’s powers that be have clamped down on the exporting of COVID vaccines given shortfalls there, but Morrison says there’s a case to be made for “a developing country in desperate need of these vaccines.” All flights between Oz and PNG have been suspended given the “very real risk to Australia.” Labor’s Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Penny Wong said the government has been too slow to act. “We all know how close we are to PNG, and we’ve seen this highly risky situation unfolding for some time now,” she said.

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