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Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — The New Zealand government has secured another two vaccines, enough for every New Zealander and its Pacific partners, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced to the media on Thursday (NZ time). $75M IN SUPPORT FOR PACIFIC PARTNERS Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta...
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Apia, SAMOA — Vaccinating Samoa against COVID-19 is projected to cost nearly US$9 million (T$22.8 million), and save Samoa from an estimated 4,050 hospitalisations and 385 deaths should an uncontrolled outbreak of the virus occur. The estimate comes from the Asian Development Bank’s latest policy...
Inside Samoa's new parliament building
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's parliament has passed three laws that fundamentally alter the country's constitution and judicial system.  The proposals were widely condemned by lawyers and judges, and saw several MPs - including the former deputy prime minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa - leave the ruling party...
Cyclone that formed between Vanuatu and Fiji
Nadi, FIJI — A cyclone has formed between Vanuatu and Fiji.  Tropical Cyclone Yasa is a Category 1 storm, which is expected to strengthen to a Category 3 within the next two days. The system is moving in a south-westerly direction before it is expected to turn towards the northwest and by Thursday...
The Samoa Airways jet
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa Airways refutes queries on airline’s viability National carrier Samoa Airways has refuted claims about its difficulties in repaying debt obligations, as the airline races to complete lease negotiations on a replacement Boeing 737-800. In its response to The Samoa Observer, the...
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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa is to get $US2.3 million worth of laboratory equipment and medical supplies for its Covid-19 response. The UN Office for Project Services is procuring the equipment with financial assistance from the World Bank and the Samoan government. Under the project, the UN Office is also...
Seilala Mapusua
Apia, SAMOA — Manu Samoa coach Seilala Mapusua will spend Christmas Day in quarantine but remains hopeful Santa Claus will still be able to deliver his rugby wishlist. The former Highlanders and London Irish midfielder, who played 26 tests in the blue jersey, was appointed to the top job in August...
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Washington, D.C. — While COVID-19 vaccines roll out in limited supply, distribution is determined in direct proportion to the nation’s adult population 18 years and older. The pro rata method was approved Nov. 6 by the Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. “We considered several approaches...
Samoa Shipping Services General Manager Lautimui’a Afoa Uelese Vaai
Apia, SAMOA — Addressing the recent insurgence of misinformation on social media by a disgruntled Samoa seafarer, Taulapapa Pa’o — Samoa Shipping Services General Manager Lautimui’a Afoa Uelese Vaai at a Press Conference rubbished the claims. (The following is an English translation by Savali...
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's two imported Covid-19 cases have been discharged from quarantine isolation and released to their families following negative test results on Monday. They are the last of 274 passengers who were quarantined for 21 days following both positive and negative test results for the...

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