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Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown has announced this week that the Covid-19 vaccination roll-out will commence from next Tuesday.
Brown said with the support from New Zealand, they had managed to receive sufficient Pfizer vaccine to provide full coverage for the population.
All residents in the Cook Islands over the age of 16 years are eligible for vaccination.
Aotearoa's Rotuman community is excited to celebrate their language and culture together this year.
Last year's Rotuman language week, New Zealand's third, was forced online because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
This year's theme for Gasav Ne Fäeag Rotuạm Ta - Rotuman Language Week - is Tutur häk ne måür lelei - the four pillars of life and wellbeing:
Måür Fak'ata (spiritual - a place of solace that gives meaning to life).
French Polynesia will tomorrow re-open its borders for quarantine-free travel.
Such access will be allowed for vaccinated tourists arriving from the United States who have tested negative for Covid-19 no more than three days before departure.
Air Tahiti Nui is relaunching its Los Angeles to Papeete service after a three-month break imposed by France as its pandemic worsened.
The Cook Islands bubble will open later this month, allowing two-way quarantine-free travel between both countries, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced.
Cabinet ministers have this afternoon signed off on a 17 May start date, pending final confirmation by New Zealand's Director-General of Health and the Cook Islands Secretary of Health.
It will be subject to final checks such as airline and airport preparedness.
A month after being hit with devastating floods, Timor-Leste struggles to cope amid a Covid-19 outbreak.
Last month's floods left more than 45 people dead including a dozen children and tens of thousands homeless.
The floods were brought on by a cyclone in Indonesia.
In its latest update issued on 21 April, the government said 28,734 households were affected by the floods, with 90 percent of the homes in the capital Dili.
The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, James Marape, is hoping the impasse with the Micronesian leaders can be resolved.
In February, the five Micronesia members said they would withdraw from the Pacific Islands Forum after their candidate for secretary general was rejected, despite a gentleman's agreement that it was their turn.