Palau, totally free of Covid19?
Palau, free of Covid? A group of islands in the Pacific Ocean (Oceania) that’s one of the few places on Earth free from Covid-19 could become one of the first countries vaccinated the recommended 2 times for the whole population against the disease.
The Republic of Palau, an archipelago home to only about 18,000 people, received its first shipment of the vaccine developed by US pharmaceutical company Moderna on Saturday. Vaccinations started the next day, Palau’s Ministry of Health announced on Twitter. The first shipment included 2,800 doses of the vaccine, which will be administered in two shots, 28 days apart. Health care workers, key officials, and vulnerable groups will be among the first to receive the vaccine, according to the ministry’s statement. To date, Palau has not recorded a single coronavirus case or virus-related death, according to the World Health Organization.
Palau chose the Moderna vaccine because it can be stored in a standard refrigerator, Udui said. At first, the island didn’t have the facilities to store the Pfizer vaccine at its required minus 70 degrees Celsius (minus 94 degrees Fahrenheit). However, Udui confirmed that Palau received at least one cold storage unit in late December, which can store up to 5,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine.
When you come to Palau, and to go there is a wise decision because here is wonderful and pristine, you get an Eco stamp in your passport that encourages you to look after nature, and it is written by the children of the islands! The gist of it is to thread lightly. The light footprints are the first words in your passport from the dream trip to Palau. That says a lot about the Pacific Island of Micronesia, but also about the growing understanding of tourist endangered places in Asia for the mass tourism (on this island 7x population ) destroys our beautiful nature, if you do not take care of places like Palau. There are so vulnerable.
Palau is 500 km away in the Philippines, where Boracay is underway with an impressive clean-up endeavor, that seems to be successful, combined with fewer tourists who are better suited to this island. That is the future. Eco-tourism is for the benefit of everyone, and frankly there is no other choice.
Source of vaccination part of this story: CNN, also photo of first vaccinated person.