The Citizen (Gauteng)

Nauru vaccinates all its adults


Koror – The tiny Pacific nation of Nauru has congratula­ted itself for a “world record” Covid-19 vaccinatio­n drive which resulted in all its adult population receiving their first jab.

The remote island nation, one of the few places in the world to remain virus-free, said the four-week vaccinatio­n campaign had exceeded expectatio­ns.

It said 7 392 people received the first dose, or 108% of the estimated adult population, with foreigners included in the figure.

“The National Coronaviru­s Taskforce is extremely pleased with this world record result and thanks everyone on Nauru for playing their part to keep Nauru Covid free and safe,” the government said in a statement.

Taskforce chair Kieren Keke said Nauru was fortunate to have enough vaccine doses to cover its adult population but there was no room for complacenc­y, with testing ongoing to ensure the island remained virus-free.

“With every arriving traveller, the risk of the coronaviru­s entering Nauru remains,” he said.

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