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City’s mobile testing lab at Honolulu airport
Honolulu, HAWAII — The city’s mobile testing lab at Honolulu’s airport is ramping up operations ― and is now a trusted inter-county testing partner. The National Kidney Foundation is the project organizer. Initially, the project was catered to first responders and their families and state and...
Hawaiian Airlines plane on HNL reef runway
Honolulu, HAWAII — Hawaiian Airlines this week announced it is offering drive-through and walk-up COVID-19 pre-flight tests for its guests traveling to the islands from Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Portland and Seattle. Guests who test within 72 hours of their flight and receive a negative result prior...
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Washington. D. C. — Washington alleges China's "aggressive" behaviour is threatening the region's stability and the sovereignty of some nations. Sandra Oudkirk, the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, said there had been a range of increasingly problematic...
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Apia, SAMOA — A Samoan nurse who injected a pregnant mother with the wrong medicine, which allegedly caused her death along with her unborn child, is still employed by the Ministry of Health. TV1Samoa reports the revelation was made at a coronial inquest into the 2019 deaths of 23 year-old Victoria...
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Apia, SAMOA — A 70-year-old man is Samoa’s second suspected case of COVID-19, the Director-General of Health in Samoa, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri confirmed at a press conference on Friday in Samoa. Naseri said the man was now in isolation at Motootua hospital — as was his wife, who had tested negative...
Covid-19 vaccine bottles
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Governments all around the world are scrambling to secure access to COVID-19 vaccines for their citizens. Over the past few weeks, companies Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen Pharmaceutica have released results of significantly effective vaccines in preventing the virus. But...
Locally made in Samoa brands of vodka
Apia, SAMOA — The three young men all in their early 20s charged with murder and held in custody following the death of a 38 year old father from Fasito’o-Uta during White Sunday weekend have applied to be released on bail. Appearing via video link from Tanumalala Prison, all three youth have...
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Apia, SAMOA — Apia media is reporting the Samoan Government has cancelled the repatriation flight from the United States that was supposed to arrive this weekend, 28 November with 290 passengers as the health risk maybe too high to take. The Prime Minister made the announcement yesterday afternoon...
 PM Tuila'epa, (left), Director of Health Leausa Dr Take Naseri and Interim Chair of the NEOC, Agafili Tomaimano Shem Leo.
Apia, SAMOA — More blood tests and samples from a Samoan sailor, who produced conflicting Covid tests last week, are being sent for further examination in New Zealand. This comes after sample results already sent to Wellington did not shed any more light on his status. The samples, one of which was...
Faleolo airport interior
Apia, SAMOA — People returning to Samoa on the country's first repatriation flight from the US will have to spend three weeks in quarantine upon their arrival. The 300 passengers scheduled to return on Friday will be spend 21 days rather than the usual 14 days in such conditions. The Ministry of...

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