24 Aug 2020

Vaccine diplomacy gains pace in the Pacific

From Morning Report, 6:41 am on 24 August 2020

Vaccine diplomacy is heating up in the Pacific, and in the case of Papua New Guinea maybe a little too quickly.

A Chinese state-owned mining company has revealed that it's been trialling Covid-19 vaccines on its employees at a major mine in Papua New Guinea, which is experiencing a surge in cases of the virus.

Other major partners in the region are promising to ensure Pacific nations get access to a vaccine if and when it is available.

Johnny Blades reports.