They are our family. They are our friends. They are our neighbors. Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia, said last week.
Kovacs, A. Global Health Initiative Aiming to make access to vaccines more equal, it began rolling out doses of vaccines to developing countries last month, and said it would deliver 588,000 to Papua New Guinea by June.
In a statement issued last month, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director of the World Health Organization, said that in some cases, the wealthiest countries had failed to honor contracts, reducing the number of doses the initiative could buy. And he warned that the epidemic will not end until everyone is vaccinated.
He said, “This is not a matter of charity.” “It is an epidemiological issue.”
Until then, officials in Papua New Guinea will be left not only to fight the virus itself, but also a wave of misinformation about pathogens and vaccines, which is being transmitted largely through social media channels.
“Even for educated health workers, this raises a lot of suspicion,” said Dr. No, a Port Moresby-resident physician who surveyed health-care workers’ views of the pandemic. He said that some in the country believe the virus is a hoax, or that people on the island are immune, or that it might be safer to catch the virus from being vaccinated.
With the country now waging an all-out battle against the coronavirus, some public health experts worry that redirecting resources could come at a fatal cost to those with other serious health conditions, such as malaria or tuberculosis. Papua New Guinea has some of the The highest rates of tuberculosis in the world.