At least 20 pct of Fijian population to be vaccinated by 2021: WHO representative


SUVA, March 29 (Xinhua) — The World Health Organization (WHO) aims to vaccinate at least 20 percent of Fiji’s population by the end of this year, said WHO Representative to the South Pacific Akeem Ali on Monday.

According to Fiji Broadcasting Corporation (FBC), Ali noted the WHO-led COVAX facility, saying there are three vaccines that have emergency use license from the WHO and they are being made available across the world, with Fiji being one of the countries that is benefitting.

COVAX has agreed with manufacturers to make sure that the vaccines become available, he said, adding that Fiji is receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Fiji, an island nation with a population of around 900,000, is targeting to get 1.2 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Currently, Fiji has received the first batch of 12,000 Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX facility. As of last Thursday, a total of 6,278 individuals in Fiji have received the first jab of the vaccine.

Fiji’s Health Ministry has said earlier that people coming to the island nation will still need to be quarantined even if they have received the COVID-19 jab because this is the process being followed by many countries around the world.

Since its first case of COVID-19 was reported on March 19 last year, Fiji has now recorded 67 cases, with one active case, 64 recoveries and two deaths.

Fiji maintains a strict travel restriction for foreign visitors alongside a nationwide curfew effective since March 30 last year. Enditem


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