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Wednesday 13 October 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is returning 10,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines to COVAX today so they can be given to Vietnam before the expiry date. The Ministry of Health is disappointed that unvaccinated people have been slow to take up these doses. So far less than 30% of the total population has been vaccinated. The ministry said it is not easy to get the vaccines and now they are trying to get more. Around 31,600 doses of the Pfizer vaccine will arrive in Tonga next week but these are for 12 to 17-year-olds and pregnant women.
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Tuesday 5 October 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The repatriation flights from Australia and New Zealand planned to arrive in Tonga this month have been postponed due to COVID-19, confirmed a MEIDECC statement today.
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Thursday 23 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The COVID-19 vaccine program will start rolling out in the Niuas on 28 September, the Ministry of Health confirmed yesterday. Meanwhile, the Health CEO Dr Siale ‘Akau'ola urged young people (18-29 years) throughout Tonga to hurry up and get their vaccinations because COVID-19 can reach Tonga. “If you get the vaccine while there is a COVID outbreak, it’s too late. There will be hundreds of lives lost,” he warned.
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Monday 20 September 2021

Pago Pago, American Samoa
American Samoa recorded its first COVID-19 case this month, after a resident who returned from Honolulu on September 13 tested positive for the virus. Only 7 countries in the world remain COVID-19 free to date. They include Tonga, Kiribati, Micronesia, Tuvalu, Nauru, North Korea and Turkmenistan. Four other dependencies or territories in the Pacific - Tokelau, Niue, Pitcairn Island, and Cook Islands - also remain COVID-19 free.
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Saturday 18 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Another 897 Tongans received their first shots and 51 received their second doses of COVID-19 vaccine, for the week September 10-16, after the Ministry of Health urged the 16,352 unvaccinated people in the targeted age groups to hurry up and get their shots this month before the vaccines expire. Unfortunately, at this rate it would take another 55 weeks to reach the target.
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Thursday 16 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A repatriation flight from Pago Pago, American Samoa, and Apia, Western Samoa, is now scheduled to arrive in Tonga with nine passengers on 22 September, said MEIDECC CEO Paula Ma’u today.
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Tuesday 14 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Repatriation flights due to arrive from Australia and New Zealand this month have been deferred due to COVID-19, confirmed MEIDECC CEO Paula Ma’u today.
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Friday 10 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Over 27,458 people over the age of 18 years in Tonga, have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, since the second dose roll out program started on June 24 in Nuku'alofa, the Ministry of Health confirmed today, 10 September. This represents 43% of the targeted population of 63,128 aged over 18.
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Thursday 9 September 2021

Auckland, New Zealand
Kennedy Maeakafa Fakana’ana’a-ki-Fualu from Otahuhu has been busy delivering food to Tongan overstayers in New Zealand during the current COVID-19 lockdown.
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Wednesday 8 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Ministry of Health today urged those aged 18 – 29 years to get their COVID-19 vaccinations, after it was revealed the age group had the lowest inoculation rate at 38% compared to older people. The Minister said they needed to speed up the vaccinations in order to resume the repatriations to Tonga. “The return of these people depends on how good our vaccination rate is. And if we take it slow just because no one here has the virus, they will continue to suffer.”
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Thursday 2 September 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The COVID-19 vaccination will not turn people into zombies, change their DNA or put magnets into their arms. “I hope people will take note that some information circulating is just ridiculous,” said Tonga's Ministry of Health CEO, Dr Siale ‘Akau‘ola yesterday. “The problem is lots of misinformation on social media causes people to be confused,” he said.
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Monday 30 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Around 27,274 people have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in Tonga to date, confirmed the Ministry of Health today, 30 August.
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Thursday 26 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A consignment of 36,800 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses, funded by Japan, and provided by COVAX, arrived in Tonga on an AIr New Zealand cargo flight last night, 25 August. "While I sincerely hope that Tonga could maintain its COVID-free society, after fully getting vaccinated, we will have to reconsider our border restrictions so that we could get along with other countries," said the Japanese ambassador to Tonga.
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Wednesday 18 August 2021

Suva, Fiji
There has been a drop in the number of new COVID-19 cases reported daily in Fiji recently, but the Ministry of Health and Medical Services attributed this to a change in testing policy in the Suva-Nausori area.
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Tuesday 17 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 152 repatriates who arrived on 28 July from New Zealand have been released from quarantine after testing negative in their third and final COVID-19 test today, confirmed Chief Medical Officer for Public Health, Dr Reynold ‘Ofanoa this afternoon.
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Monday 16 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The price for petrol, kerosene, and diesel will increase starting on 18 August, as approved by the Tonga Competent Authority, as subsidies are discontinued.
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Friday 13 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
To date, 25,778 people have received the second dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in Tonga, confirmed the Ministry of Health CEO, Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola this afternoon.
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Friday 13 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australia has provided a further AUD$5 million to support Tonga’s formal and informal business sector impacted by COVID-19.
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Thursday 12 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
All of the 152 passengers who arrived from New Zealand on 28 July have tested negative, in results obtained yesterday for their second test, the Chief Medical Officer for Public Health, Dr Reynold ‘Ofanoa confirmed this morning.
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Wednesday 11 August 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A repatriation flight from Brisbane, Australia due to arrive in Tonga on 25 August has now been postponed to 25 September due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Meanwhile, quarantine free travel to New Zealand from Tonga is being considered.
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