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COVID medical supplies sent to Tokelau

The Government has announced it is sending a shipment of medical supplies to Tokelau to help its response to the first cases of COVID-19 in quarantine.

“Tokelau has done an outstanding job of building health resilience and keeping COVID-19 out of their nation so far. In preparation, around 96 percent of its population are vaccinated providing a strong defence against the virus,” said Foreign Minister, Nanaia Mahuta.  

“Aotearoa New Zealand has provided support to Tokelau since the outset of the pandemic, supporting preparedness through the provision of COVID-19 vaccines.

“As they deal with their first cases, we are sending a shipment of further medical supplies including second booster vaccines, 11,900 RATs, PPE, and other essential equipment, alongside preparing to provide COVID-19 oral antivirals,” Ms Mahuta said.

Associate Foreign Minister, Aupito William Sio said Aotearoa New Zealand was working closely with the Pasifika Medical Association to respond to any needs for additional primary health care doctors and nurses, and has also offered surge laboratory personnel.

“Tokelau’s high vaccination rates, preparations and support from the Polynesian Health Corridors team, should give assurance that they can still look forward to enjoying Christmas with their families,” Mr Sio said.

The medical supplies will arrive into Tokelau on 30 December.

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