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 PM Tuila'epa, (left), Director of Health Leausa Dr Take Naseri and Interim Chair of the NEOC, Agafili Tomaimano Shem Leo.
Apia, SAMOA — More blood tests and samples from a Samoan sailor, who produced conflicting Covid tests last week, are being sent for further examination in New Zealand. This comes after sample results already sent to Wellington did not shed any more light on his status. The samples, one of which was...
Faleolo airport interior
Apia, SAMOA — People returning to Samoa on the country's first repatriation flight from the US will have to spend three weeks in quarantine upon their arrival. The 300 passengers scheduled to return on Friday will be spend 21 days rather than the usual 14 days in such conditions. The Ministry of...
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Apia, SAMOA —  A specimen from the COVID 19 potential case in Samoa that was sent to New Zealand for further confirmation has been received by the New Zealand authorities. This was confirmed by the ESR Laboratory in Wellington. The test results are expected to be released once we receive advice...
Vials of Covid-19 vaccine
Apia, SAMOA — As two companies announce COVID-19 vaccines with effectiveness rates above 90 per the World Health Organisation warns it is too soon to say when they might reach Samoa’s shores. Two American companies in as many weeks have announced vaccines currently in their testing phase have...
Christina Koch
RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- North Carolina State University announced that graduate and NASA astronaut Christina Koch will speak for its first-ever virtual graduation. The commencement ceremony will take place December 4. Koch is a three-time graduate of NC State. She graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor...
Ioane Nui Tumua, his wife Melita
Apia, SAMOA — A Tokelau man, on the same flight as the Samoan sailor who tested positive for Covid-19 last week, says he's concerned precautions are not being adhered to on repatriation flights amid the pandemic. Samoa's Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi announced on Thursday his...
Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green
Honolulu, HAWAII — As the first COVID-19 vaccine inches closer to federal approval, Hawaii health officials continue to make preparations for shipments expected to arrive as early as next month. If the federal government approves a vaccine for emergency use, Hawaii could start vaccinating some...
Leausa Dr Take Naseri
Apia, SAMOA — Confirmation whether Samoa has a Covid-19 infection or not should be received this weekend. A Samoan sailor who returned on a repatriation flight from Auckland last week tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday night despite previously testing negative. A subsequent test also...
Graph of Hawaii’s COVID-19 cases by race depicted over time.
Honolulu, HAWAII — Pacific Islanders, excluding Native Hawaiians, are more than twice as likely to be killed or hospitalized by the coronavirus in Hawaii than other racial and ethnic groups after adjusting for age and gender, according to newly released data from the state Health Department. The...
Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's state of emergency, issued nine months ago, has been extended to 23 December after the country recorded its first positive test for Covid-19. Public concern and uncertainty swept across the country following Thursday's announcement by the government. The man was among 26...

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