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COVID-19

Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo Va’alele Ale (left) preparing to receive his Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The US Food and Drug Administration has informed the local Health Department that the 3,900 dose shipment of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine — which arrived last month and raised local concerns over the quality of doses — are good to be used. Meanwhile, the Pfizer vaccine...
Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — With the current audit by the US Treasury Department’s Office of Inspector General over the use of federal COVID-19 funds allocated to American Samoa, Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga says the government has launched an “approach to increase being accountable in...
[l-r] Senate President Tuaolo Manaia Fruean, Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga, House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale and Chief Justice Michael Kruse
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga delivered his first State of the Territory Address before a joint session of the Fono yesterday at the Gov. H. Rex Lee Auditorium to officially open the first regular session of the 37th Legislature. The sitting governor is...
Fara Utu (left) and DoH Pharmacist, Dr. Francine Amoa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Health Department deputy director Fara Utu and DoH Pharmacist, Dr. Francine Amoa were among senior health officials who attended a news conference yesterday, where Dr. Amoa said that the second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will begin this Sunday through next week...
The three steps to gett vaccinated
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — This tall banner at the Health Department’s Tafuna Family Health Center tells those who show up to get their COVID-19 vaccine of steps they need to follow — and the first step is registration. According to DoH, vaccinations for the New Year 2021, started on Tuesday this...
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Apia, SAMOA — New entry to Samoa rules have come into effect, including a ban on people recovered from COVID-19 and a fresh list of travel bans as a new strain of the virus circulates the globe. Anyone who had COVID-19 in 2020 and wants to get to Samoa now has to wait six months from their first...
Garlands of more than 3,600 paper hearts on a walnut tree
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While death is often referred to as part of the natural order of our lives, it is not an easy thing to accept, especially by family members and friends, whether the departed were public figures or otherwise. Each loss is keenly felt and mourned, with the hope that time...
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Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — The New Zealand government has contributed $6.9 million to help businesses in the Pacific recover from the pandemic. Border closures and a loss of trade routes has left many countries struggling, with a recent survey finding just under 50 percent of small to medium...
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Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Government has banned passengers who originate from or transit through the United Kingdom (U.K.) and South Africa from entering the country effective 27 December 2020. The ban was announced through a Ministry of Health (M.O.H.) document titled “Special Travel Advice and...
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Apia, SAMOA — The Samoan government has made some significant changes to the State of Emergency Orders for the Covid-19 pandemic. Cabinet has decided that supermarkets can be open on Sundays from 3pm till 10pm. They have also been allowed to open from 6am till 10pm from Monday to Saturday each week...

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