Senate debates

Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Questions without Notice

Papua New Guinea: COVID-19

2:07 pm

Photo of Marise PayneMarise Payne (NSW, Liberal Party, Minister for Foreign Affairs) Share this | Hansard source

With the agreement of Papua New Guinea, Australia will provide 8,000 vaccine doses from our stocks to fill a critical gap, while the Covax Facility, to which Australia has also contributed, prepares to deliver vaccines to Papua New Guinea. That focus will be for frontline workers, who are very exposed at the moment. We're providing $144 million to support Papua New Guinea's priorities and planning in their own vaccine program. With the agreement of Papua New Guinea, Australia is also asking AstraZeneca and European authorities to access one million doses of our contracted supplies for Papua New Guinea. Today, Defence will transport 2,000 tents for safe triaging, referral and transfer of patients outside Port Moresby General Hospital. We'll provide surgical masks, P2/N95 respirator masks, protective gowns and goggles, gloves, sanitiser and face shields. Our AUSMAT team, which arrives on Monday, will work with Papua New Guinea authorities on infection control, triage and public health measures.


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