COVID-19 response

WFP humanitarian Air Service supports Covid-19 response in Pacific

The flight departed Brisbane, Australia, with a stop in Nadi, Fiji, then Kiribati and Nauru. Cargo on-board included personal protective equipment such as face shields, masks, surgical gowns, as well as ventilators and testing cartridges, transported on behalf of the Government of Kiribati, the World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Australian Government. 

USAID provides ventilators to Nauru to respond to COVID-19

The US Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati and Nauru Joseph Cella presented the life-saving machines to Nauru’s High Commissioner to Fiji, Micheal Aroi in Suva today (Wednesday).

Cella said the US continues to lead the global response to this financially devastating and cruel plague, allocating nearly US$21 billion in the global fight against it.

He added that the donation from the American people will boost Nauru’s health care preparedness capacity to respond with such treatment should any case arise.

UAE sends medical aid to Pacific Island countries in fight against COVID-19

The countries include Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Cook Islands, and Niue.

Commenting on the delivery, Abdulla Al Subousi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the UAE to Australia, said, "Today’s aid shipment to Pacific island countries reflects the UAE’s continued efforts to support and stand by these countries to contain the spread of COVID-19 by providing critical medical supplies and protection to strengthen the efforts of healthcare personnel."

ADB announces $320,000 grant to help Nauru combat COVID-19

The other countries are the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), the Marshall Islands and Tuvalu.

The countries will receive the following grant amounts, which will enable them to kickstart their disaster response plans: $470,000 for FSM; $370,000 for the Marshall Islands; $320,000 for Nauru; and $370,000 for Tuvalu.