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First Australian COVID vaccines administered in Papua New Guinea

Frontline workers in Papua New Guinea have received their first COVID jab alongside the nation’s prime minister after Australia sent over 8,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in response to a surge in cases. PNG has reported more than 5,600 cases, but the numbers are underestimated due to a lack of mass testing.

Health has said PNG faces an incredibly challenging situation with stretched-thin resources and misinformation about vaccines spreading.

Alfred Health’s Dr. Rob Mitchell told Sky News, “there is a lot of stigmas associated with COIVD infection in PNG. Our colleagues who are working on the frontline there are feeling it”.

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