Sumary of Fake news on social media is hampering vaccine efforts in Papua New Guinea:
- A health worker prepares to do tests for Covid-19 coronavirus outside a makeshift clinic in a sports stadium in Port Moresby on April 1, 2021..
- The country reported 1,730 cases and 12 deaths between March 29 and April 4, according to a joint report from the World Health Organization and the PNG national health department..
- Infection cases saw a fresh surge in February and PNG has reported 7,839 cases so far, data from Johns Hopkins University showed..
- The National Capital District, home to PNG’s capital, Port Moresby, has the highest number of reported cases, followed by the Western province where the infection rate is also climbing..
- Many of them rely on an international vaccination initiative called Covax but that program’s vaccine supply is facing delays from India, which is also struggling to contain a surge in cases at home..
- PNG rolled out a vaccination drive last week using about 8,000 doses of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 shots that were donated by neighboring Australia..
- Facebook launched a public education campaign in PNG this week to help users there learn how to identify and combat health misinformation..
- Science “For this campaign, we are focusing our efforts further to target Covid-19 and vaccine related misinformation, ensuring that Papua New Guineans are able to scrutinise what they are seeing against official public health resources,”.
- Mia Garlick, director of public policy for Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands at Facebook said in a statement Wednesday…