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COVID-19 pandemic

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Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata has contacted U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo about an issue with the 2020 Census count and how it affects American Samoa, due to the many residents who were stranded away from their homes during the Census effort. “I am writing to bring to...
People getting vaccinated in Samoa during a vaccination drive
Yesterday was the second and final day of lockdown in Samoa with health authorities going door to door to administer Covid-19 vaccines. Around 7,000 doses of AstraZeneca were administered on Thursday as part of the two-day roll out. Despite the strict lockdown, from 8am to 6pm, it is not compulsory...
Talauega Eleasalo V. Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Lemanu Administration has put out a call to all physicians in the territory to join the medical team by responding and supporting current efforts to protect local borders from the COVID-19 pandemic, Acting Gov. Talauega Eleasalo V. Ale said during a news conference...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A new medical facility, improved mental health services as well as expanded health services to villages and outer islands are some of the “Public Health” projects being allocated millions of dollars in funding under the territory’s more than $479 million from the...
Samoa prime minister Fiamē Naomi Mata'afa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's new Minister of Health said a planned travel bubble with New Zealand will not happen until the country's eligible population are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Valasi Tafito Selesele told the Samoa Observer that the latest amendments to the State of Emergency Orders was...
Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR) director, Taotasi Archie Soliai
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — At a presentation during last week’s cabinet meeting, local Homeland Security Department (ASDHS) recommended establishment of a government task force or working group to conduct a study and assessment of food security in the territory. ASDHS and local Agriculture...
 Miriama Fasavalu
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Since a repatriation process started this February, nearly 2,000 American Samoan residents who were stranded in Hawaii and the mainland have gone home. And roughly 200 people are on the final repatriation flight home, set to depart this Thursday. American Samoa resident...
Suva, FIJI — Fiji has reported 485 new cases of Covid-19 and three more deaths in the 24 hours to 8am on Sunday. That compares to 506 cases and one death in the previous 24-hour period. The Health Ministry said all four patients were unvaccinated. On Friday, the ministry announced 860 positive...
Task Force chairman, Lt Governor Talauega, getting vaccinated
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Over 50% of the passengers from the first two Medicaid- repatriation flights have not paid their fares. This was confirmed by the Task Force chairman, Lt Governor Talauega Eleasalo Ale during a press conference with the local media last week. When asked about the cost...
Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo V. Ale
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — There will be no immediate discharge of fully vaccinated passengers on the 5th repatriation flight that’s departing Honolulu and arriving on Tuesday, June 1st, 2021 as initially planned. After further review of the discharge plan and the discovery of two new positive...

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