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An LBJ Medical Center medical team
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The medical team that traveled on Feb. 1 with the first repatriation group now in quarantine at the Tradewinds Hotel is urging members of the community to trust the process the Task Force and all medical experts are utilizing to make sure the Coronavirus will not enter...
Sharmain Mageo, RN, administering the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine
LBJ Medical Center’s Infection Prevention Specialist, Sharmain Mageo, RN, administering the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine under a new drive-thru process on the mountainside of the hospital compound. This is for the second dose. [photo: A. Nikolao]
Rep. Faimealelei Anthony Fu’e Allen
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The confirmation hearing for the Acting Director of the Department of Human Resources (DHR) Lynn Pulou-Alaimalo is now scheduled for Monday, Feb. 22 at 8:00a.m and the chair of the House Government Operations Committee, Rep. Faimealelei Anthony Fu’e Allen has requested...
Rep. Avagafono Vaimaga Maiava
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The House of Representatives is working closely with the Administration to set up a repatriation flight to allow inmates from Samoa who have completed their jail sentences to return back home pursuant to court orders. A hearing is scheduled this morning at 8:30 a.m...
ASG Treasurer Malemo L. Tausaga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee has agreed to keep in committee for now, for further review, legislation which seeks to increase the tobacco excise tax by 3 cents — which will help fund LBJ Medical Center operations — and reduce to 1% the current 2% wage...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Aliitama Sotoa has strongly refuted a report by Samoa News, published yesterday as part of the Court Report, stating that he refused to leave the church’s premises that he’s currently occupying. In a phone call to Samoa News, Sotoa said that there was an agreement...
Amata in her DC office wearing a facemask
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) has transmitted $16,718,000 in grant funding to the American Samoa government to support the operations of the hospital, the community college, public schools, and the judicial system in the territory.    “The Office...
Map of PIF members and associates
Apia, SAMOA — Savaii Newspaper, Samoa’s government newspaper, is reporting that the government is not giving up on its campaign to induct neighboring American Samoa into the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) as a full member. Currently, the territorial government serves as an Observer in the Forum. And...
Crowds at health center waiting for vaccination
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — DoH had announced early this week the arrival over the weekend on the cargo flight of more than 11,000 of doses for both Moderna and Pfzier vaccines, but the “first dose” was on hold until next week Wednesday. But by late yesterday morning, Samoa News received word and...
Crowds of people waiting under tents at TBAS to cash their stimulus checks
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Anticipating a busy day and long lines, the US Post Office in Fagatogo opened early — at 6a.m. yesterday — for tax filers who were getting their stimulus checks through the mail and people showed up very early yesterday to stand in line while it was still dark outside....

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