Director of Australia's Lowy Institute recommends measures to support Papua New Guinea's COVID-19 response

Jonathan Pryke, Director of the Pacific Islands Program at the Lowy Institute, wrote in an op-ed that Australia must do much more to help Papua New Guinea (PNG) respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pryke urged that Australia undertake greater provisioning of PNG with medical equipment, as well as providing vaccine doses from Australia’s domestic stocks. He suggested that Australia should seek partners—such as churches, provincial governments, mining companies, and NGOs—in all PNG provinces to help with the vaccine rollout. 

He also recommended that Australia support a substantial communications rollout in PNG, in view of widespread attitudes against accepting the vaccine influenced by misinformation and disinformation.

Op-ed - Lowy Institute