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aA“priority shipment” of vaccine at Hawaiian Airlines' “chiller”
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In an effort to contain further spread of measles in American Samoa, the Health Department will “launch an all-out mass vaccination” from Dec. 13-20, with a target of more than 12,000 local residents, especially those who were not born here but have lived in the...
Honolulu, HAWAII — Hawaiian Airlines is offering travel waivers for passengers who had booked tickets for American Samoa routes. Nine cases of the measles have been reported in American Samoa, and as Hawaii News Now reported on Sunday, health officials are advising travelers to take precautions if...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The female driver of a black truck that was stopped by police last week told investigators that the black bag they found in the vehicle — allegedly containing a huge amount of a white crystalline substance and paraphernalia — does not belong to her. Mavis Fiatupu of...
LBJ hospital sign
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In a Dec. 2nd memorandum, Gov. Lolo Matalasi made the “recess appointment” of Ufagafa Ray Tulafono to the board of the American Samoa Medical Center Authority (LBJ Hospital) to fill the vacancy made by the passing of Utoofili Asofa’afetai Maga, a former ASG Health...
Congresswoman Amata with the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Seema Verma.
Washington, D.C. —  Congresswoman Aumua Amata is hailing a breakthrough Medicaid agreement that would provide major increases and years of stability for American Samoa’s Medicaid services. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) have announced an...
 Pearl Harbor attack survivor Tali Peter T. Coleman (pictured) during his World War II service
Washington, D.C. —  Pearl Harbor attack survivor Tali Peter T. Coleman (pictured) during his World War II service. He was later honored with a pin from President George H. W. Bush at a Pearl Harbor anniversary ceremony, and is the only Samoan inducted into the Army Infantry Hall of Fame at Fort...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 36-year-old farmer convicted of using a metal pipe to strike the head of an intruder who visited his wife at their home was released from the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) yesterday morning, after the court sentenced him to time served - which is 7 months....
[l-r] Dr. Aifili John Tufa, Papali’i Marion Fitisemanu, Farah Utu, and Dr. Saipale Fuimaono
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “Effective Immediately” — all entry permits and entry permit waivers for those traveling through Samoa and Tonga “are suspended until further notice,” according to provisions of Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga’s “Declaration of Continued Public Health Emergency” which also...
Health Department’s Dr. Saipale Fuimaono,
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Of the four locally transmitted measles cases, one is a 10-month old infant who was “so sick” but thank God, recovered and was discharged from LBJ Medical Center, said LBJ chief medical officer, Dr. Iotamo Saleapaga during an emergency cabinet meeting Saturday morning at...
McDonald's with yellow tape around front door.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — This Samoa News photo take around 11:30a.m. Saturday, shows yellow-tape, blocking off entrance to the front door to the Dine-In area at the McDonald’s restaurant in Tafuna, which by later in the afternoon was re-opened. During Saturday’s cabinet meeting, Gov. Lolo...

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