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 A protest over the cartoon in Dunedin with people holding flags.
Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND — Leaders from Dunedin's Samoan community have met with management of the local paper to express the hurt and harm caused by a cartoon making light of the Samoa measles epidemic. They said they were pleased the Otago Daily Times acknowledged the racism of the cartoon - but ODT...
 Hawaii Lieutenant Governor Josh Green, (left), with Samoa PM Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Hawai'i's Lieutenant Governor has applauded the Samoan government's moves to boost the country's vaccination coverage, saying it is saving lives. Today was the final day of a nation-wide shut down while vaccination teams visit households to administer shots in an effort to stem a...
“Fesoasoani mo Samoa Fundraising” Committee
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — More than $40,000 was donated by the community on Wednesday, the first day of the ASG-organized “Fesaosoani mo Samoa Fundraising”. Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has appealed directly to the private sector — in a letter — for their support to assist Samoa with the deadly...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “Be cautious about the news being shared on personal profiles, such as Facebook — be suspicious of its origin,” the Department of Health’s Command Center epidemiologist Aifili Tufa, PhD replied, when Samoa News asked him about the latest report on Facebook that “it has...
Fonoifafo Seumanu administering am MMR shot to a child
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Effective immediately, children 0-4 years old and pregnant women traveling from countries affected by the measles outbreak will NOT be allowed to enter American Samoa. This is according to an updated announcement signed this week, December 4th, by Public Health director...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata advised constituents of more details regarding the growing U.S. and international response effort to provide medical support to Samoa and help prevent the spread of measles. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced $200,000 to...
Taupau Tauleave Toluono (standing) along with ASG personnel
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government-organized “Fesoasoani mo Samoa Fundraising” to help the Independent State with its measles epidemic officially kicked off yesterday morning where Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga and First Lady Cynthia Malala Moliga made a $10,000 donation. The opening ceremony...
Taupau Tauleave Toluono (standing) along with ASG personnel
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government-organized “Fesoasoani mo Samoa Fundraising” to help the Independent State with its measles epidemic officially kicked off yesterday morning where Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga and First Lady Cynthia Malala Moliga made a $10,000 donation. The opening ceremony...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi in a mask with sick child
Apia, SAMOA — The death toll from Samoa's measles epidemic has risen to 60, with five deaths recorded in the past 24 hours and the BBC reporting families that have not been vaccinated against measles have been asked to hang a red flag outside their homes to help fight the deadly outbreak. The...
Health director Motusa Tuileama Nua speaking at cabinet meeting
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — One of the three challenges - and the top one - faced by the Department of Health since Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga issued the Nov. 13th emergency declaration in response to the measles outbreak in Samoa, is “border protection” at both the airport and seaport. This is...

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