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”.