The most pressing disaster facing the Pacific right now continues to be the COVID-19 pandemic.
And every place is different.
After closing its borders and aggressively vaccinating, Palau has recently recorded it first case.
While PNG has recorded more than 160 deaths and 16,000 cases.
In Samoa, there has been only one case and no deaths, according to the World Health Organisation.
The first vaccines only arrived in the Polynesian nation a month ago and authorities were facing widespread vaccine hesitancy but, we can now report that more than 30,000 people – about 15 per cent of the population – has had at least one dose.
Director General of Health in Samoa Leausa Dr Take Naseri says the rollout program is accelerating after a slow start.
“We have steadily progressed and now are seeing more and more people coming to be vaccinated,” he says.
“We know there are a lot of people from out in the rural villages that are coming to town just hoping to get a vaccine.”
Vaccination sites in central Apia and at the hospital are the busiest.
“The rollout is very encouraging,” Dr Maseri says.
“People are now fully aware – especially how this virus kills so many.”