Australia’s nearest neighbour, Papua New Guinea, is battling an unfolding COVID crisis. The Morrison government is urgently deploying 8,000 vaccine doses to the nation’s health workers – but poor electricity access means there are serious questions over PNG’s broader vaccine roll-out.

Vaccine supplies must be stored at cold or ultra-cold temperatures along the supply chain. Importantly, when the vaccines reach hospitals and medical centres in PNG, stable electricity will be needed to power refrigerators to store the doses before they’re administered to patients.

Language: English

Publisher: The Conversation

Region: Global

Type: Article

CITATION

Heynen., T., Lant., P., and Sharma, V, (2021). ‘Australia is sending 8,000 vaccine doses to PNG – but without reliable electricity, how will they be kept cold?'. The Conversation.

Available at: https://https://theconversation.com/australia-is-sending-8-000-vaccine-doses-to-png-but-without-reliable-electricity-how-will-they-be-kept-cold-156798

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Australia is sending 8,000 vaccine doses to PNG – but without reliable electricity, how will they be kept cold?