Solomon Islands receives more COVID-19 funds from World Bank

By Anna Macdonald

May 5, 2022

Parliament House in Honiara, Solomon islands.
Parliament House in Honiara, Solomon islands. (Victoria Jones/PA Wire)

The World Bank has increased its funding to Solomon Islands to assist with that nation’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, as the country deals with its low vaccination rate.

Increasing by US$8 million (A$11.25 million), the funds given to the Pacific nation by the organisation now total US$13 million (A$18.28 million). 

“We are proud to be committing more resources to Solomon Islands’ COVID-19 response, while expanding our support to ensure disruption to health services are minimized. Importantly, this assistance will support greater access to life-saving vaccines, while boosting awareness – and countering misinformation – of vaccines,” World Bank resident representative for Solomon Islands Annette Leith said.

The funds are marked for measures such as more protective gear for healthcare workers, contact tracing, and increasing access to vaccines.

According to Our World in Data, 21.08% of the Solomon Islands’ population has been fully vaccinated, with 40.25% partially vaccinated, as of May 2. Internationally, 15.7% of those in low-income countries have had at least one vaccine dose. 

Solomon Islands minister of finance and treasury Harry Kuma welcomed the funds.

“We are pleased the support includes more funding to upgrade quarantine facilities, improvements to the national medical storage facility and waste management, and further support for training and infection control among Ministry of Health and Medical Services staff,” the minister said. 

Australia has previously sent assistance to the Solomon Islands to assist in its pandemic management, such as earlier in the year by sending a specialist medical team and medical supplies

More recently, tensions have been heightened between Australia and Solomon Islands following the latter’s signing of a security pact with China. The pact has been described as a ‘massive diplomatic failure’.


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