In collaboration with ExxonMobil PNG, the Motu Koita Assembly and the National Capital District Provincial Health Authority (NCD PHA) today launched a second mobile vaccination clinic in Port Moresby.
This second mobile vaccination clinic joins the recognizable ‘big yellow bus’ operated by the Motu Koita Assembly to bring COVID-19 vaccines directly to residents of NCDs, targeting small villages and hard-to-reach facilities that don’t. may not have access to vaccines.
The bus will maintain a constant supply of COVID-19 vaccines donated through the COVAX facility.
The United States remains the largest contributor to COVAX, providing $ 4 billion to support the global effort to provide safe and effective vaccines to 92 countries, including Papua New Guinea.
PNG has already received 580,400 doses of vaccine from the COVAX facility, including 302,400 Johnson & Johnson vaccines donated by the US government.
US Ambassador to PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu Erin McKee was joined by Australian High Commissioner to PNG Jon Philp, Dadi Toka – Chairman of the Assembly of Motu Koita, CEO of ExxonMobil and Party Leader Dr. Ignatius Mogaba of USAID implementing partner FHI 360 to celebrate the.
“The US government steadfastly supports the PNG government to vaccinate as many of Papua New Guinea as possible. The addition of this mobile clinic provides another more convenient way for residents of NCDs to get vaccinated, ”Ambassador McKee said.
“We urge all residents of Port Moresby to be on the lookout for these ‘big yellow buses’ in your community and get vaccinated to protect yourself, your families and your Wantok.”
To date, the U.S. government, through USAID, has provided over 38 million K ($ 11.7 million) to fight COVID-19 in Papua New Guinea. This aid is part of a global campaign by the United States to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic and support equitable access to vaccines for the world’s most vulnerable.