Papua New Guinea begins COVID-19 inoculations

Australia sent Papua New Guinea 8,000 doses of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine last week after warning of a worsening humanitarian crisis.

Fears of "vaccine nationalism" in countries producing shots have increased concerns about the need for the nation of about 10 million people, many of them living in impoverished, isolated communities, to receive vaccine supplies quickly.

The island's biggest hospitals have reported that as many as 80% are coming back positive and Marape has said the virus has "broken loose".