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COVID-19

Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo Va’alele Ale receiving a OVID-19 vaccinatio
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  In a press release issued Saturday, Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo Va’alele Ale, who is also chair of the government’s COVID-19 Task Force and the Governor’s Authorized Representative (GAR), announced tentative dates for a series of 5 repatriation flights through July and...
Sharmain Mageo, RN, administering the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine
LBJ Medical Center’s Infection Prevention Specialist, Sharmain Mageo, RN, administering the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine under a new drive-thru process on the mountainside of the hospital compound. This is for the second dose. [photo: A. Nikolao]
Rep. Avagafono Vaimaga Maiava
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The House of Representatives is working closely with the Administration to set up a repatriation flight to allow inmates from Samoa who have completed their jail sentences to return back home pursuant to court orders. A hearing is scheduled this morning at 8:30 a.m...
Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga, Lt. Gov.Talauega Eleasalo Va’alele Ale and COVID-19 task force members
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lemanu Peleti Palepoi Sialega Mauga — during a Friday press conference at the Governor’s Office conference room — gave an update on the first repatriation flight, which arrived on Feb. 1st, with all 159 passengers now going through the required 14-quarantine at the...
ASG Treasurer Malemo L. Tausaga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Senate Hospital/Public Health Committee chairman, Sen. Satele Galu Satele says he will wait for at few more days, at least a week, before requesting an update report from the government on the first repatriation flight so that senators would be informed. The repatriation...
Healthcare worker with COVID-19 test kit
Honolulu, HAWAII — A highly contagious COVID-19 variant first detected in southeast England may be present in Hawaii, state health officials said Tuesday. Test specimens from four people in Hawaii contained a molecular signal associated with the U.K. variant. Now, the state’s public health...
Samoa News is reporting on New Zealand’s current battle against the coronavirus, in light of the first repatriation flight due in from the U.S to the Territory on Feb 1st. First, let me state that I am not against the repatriation flights, — after all I have been unable to return home since last...
Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Five people out of the 166 passengers screened for the 10-day quarantine in Honolulu, Hawai’i before catching the first scheduled repatriation flight to American Samoa tested positive for the coronavirus yesterday. These five people are now under special care quarantine...
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...

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