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‘More AstraZeneca Vaccine To Arrive Soon’

Mr Samarasinha said it was important that Fijians must receive the correct information regarding the AstraZeneca Vaccine.
20 Mar 2021 11:12
‘More AstraZeneca Vaccine To Arrive Soon’
United Nations Resident Coordinator, Sanaka Samarasinha during an interview at the Radisson Blu Resort Fiji in Nadi. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

The second and third batches of the AstraZeneca Vaccine is expected to arrive in the country in a few weeks’ time, says the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator, Sanaka Samarasinha.

Mr Samarasinha said the COVAX facility globally focused on providing vaccines to 20 per cent of the country’s population that had signed up to it.

He said money wasn’t an issue to get vaccines into the country.

“The challenge is to get the vaccines as you know there is a much greater demand in their supply the good news is that however the vaccines that are up for clearance or emergency use by the  is quite a lot more than one would have anticipated six months ago,” he said.

Mr Samarasinha added that bringing the vaccines over was something that’s available to Government as it was to other countries.

“It can move very quickly as soon as the supplies are available,” he added.

Misinformation 

Mr Samarasinha said it was important that Fijians must receive the correct information regarding the AstraZeneca Vaccine.

He said several ‘misinformation’ continued to spread on various social media platforms concerning the vaccine.

“There are lots of things that are going on social media globally and people don’t know which site to believe or which information they should believe,” said Mr Samarasinha.

“So for us as the UN, the World Health Organization (WHO) is the lead agency and has positions on vaccines and the latest is of course discussions around AstraZeneca Vaccine as you know globally this is the vaccine that currently exists here in Fiji.”

He said it was equally important to involve community leaders in the process surrounding discussions about the vaccine.

“I think given the way the culture works in the Pacific, it is really important to have champions not just getting the messages out but for us to hear it from the right people, to hear it from people we trust and so getting the community leaders involved very quickly is something that I think is going to change the way people digest the information that is out there,” he said.

Edited by Selita Rabuku

Feedback: nicolette.chambers@fijisun.com.fj



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