Manning calls for renewed effort in COVID-19 vaccine roll-out

Wednesday 11 August 2021

The Commissioner of Police and Controller of the PNG COVID-19 National Pandemic Response, David Manning, has called for a renewed effort from all Provincial Health Authorities, health care workers and those in the frontline to speed up COVID-19 vaccination roll out throughout the country.

Mr Manning said this in the wake of the fatalities claimed by the new Delta Variant which is quickly spreading across the globe.

“The  new Delta variant is threatening the globe and PNG is no exception, unless all citizens above 18 years old are fully vaccinated, adding “ll citizens must focus their attention on saving their lives and that of their loved ones through vaccination.”

“Citizens who received just one dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine must ensure they get the second dose to fully develop anti-bodies against COVID-19 virus,” Mr Manning added.

As of August 10, 2021, a total of 118,337 persons have received first and second doses of the vaccination.

However, Mr Manning wants to see this figure double in the coming months.

Meanwhile, no new COVID-19 cases were recorded on Wednesday August 11, however ,the country’s COVID-19 cases remain at 17,807 with 192 known deaths.

Mr Manning added that  a  total  of 17,507 people have  recovered  from COVID-19 virus, while 150,246  COVID-19 tests have been conducted  to date.

 All 22 provinces including the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB) have reported cases.

Globally, the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 has reached 204,758,136 including 636,426 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. The death toll stands at 4,326,441 including 10,171 deaths reported in the last 24 hours.

(PNG COVID-19 statistics as of Wednesday 11th August 2021.)
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