Australia urges the European Union (EU) toprovide a vaccine against COVID-19. that Australia ordered to help "Papua New Guinea", where the number of infections has risen to dangerous levels. Canberra to donate another 8,000 doses of locally produced vaccine
Prime Minister Scott Australia's Morrison said today (March 17) that all vaccines are contracted by the Australian government. but need to share to help neighboring countries Some areas are close to Australia. It only takes a few hours by boat.
“We have ordered those vaccines. and paid successfully But we want to send some vaccines to Papua New Guinea. which is our nearest neighbor to meet urgent needs in the region,” Morrison told Canberra media.
“They are our family, friends, neighbors and partners. This is done for the benefit of Australia. And it will benefit the whole region as well.”
The Australian government will donate 8,000 doses of the locally produced COVID-19 vaccine to Papua New Guinea for urgent solutions. Another 1 million doses will be delivered as soon as the vaccine travels from Europe to Australia.
However, such demands could cause tensions with the European Union. After Brussels halted exports of 250,000 doses of astrazenega vaccine to Australia this month. At the request of the Italian government It argues that Europe does not have enough vaccines.
Papua New Guinea reported 97 new cases on Tuesday. But Australia's chief health officer insists. Papua New Guinea's official collection is now only around 2,000.
Prime Minister James Papua New Guinea's Marape admitted on Wednesday that the government was unable to contain the epidemic and warned residents to avoid unnecessary travel.