Palau - a COVID Success Story
Draconian measures and the best vaccination rate in the world is how Palau achieved ZERO COVID.
Luckily, Palau is in the middle of nowhere so keeping COVID out with strict border controls, zealous testing and all the other
silly social distancing measures ensured they had not one single COVID case before becoming one of the first countries in the world to start their “vaccination” campaign. As enthusiastically reported by CNN:
But then a tourist from Guam tested positive in May 2021.
Which was weird.
Because, according to the Government (my emphasis):
The person had arrived in the country from Guam on May 9, fully vaccinated and had two negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests prior to boarding the flight. The person had also tested negative three times, but tested positive on Day 21 of quarantine.
I mean, seriously? Double jabbed and double tested before boarding? I bet they wore two fricking masks as well! Then four more tests and three weeks of quarantine to finally test positive? Is it just me, or is there something not quite right here?
Anyway, undeterred by this, er…, anomaly, Palau forged ahead with its own jabbing campaign, gleefully attaining its position in the very highest echelons of world jabbers. This feat was achieved with the generous support of US Operation Warp Speed.
By mid-October 2021, 99% of the entire Palau population of 18,000 or so aged 12 and over were jabbed.
“In spite” of this vaccination success story, less than three months later, Palau had its first major COVID outbreak, registering almost 4,000 cases, more than 20% of the population.
Even more strange is that when Palau finally dropped its requirement for a negative PCR test or proof of COVID recovery on entry, rather than cases exploding, they disappeared. Completely. It’s almost as if you don’t know you’ve got COVID in most cases unless you test for it?
But they still insist that you are jabbed or you can’t come in:
Because the vaccine is obviously working so well - apart from not stopping transmission throughout the entire vaccinated population or saving anyone from dying of the disease - not that bit. No matter.
Even the Red Cross said so:
It is important to celebrate the success of reaching high vaccination rates in many Pacific countries, including Palau, Fiji and the Cook Islands, which is saving lives and helping people to rejuvenate their livelihoods shattered by this pandemic.
“While the pace of vaccination has been remarkable in some countries, it is critical that vaccines doses are made available to every country across the Pacific so the doses can be delivered quickly.
“Building vaccine confidence is vital in the Pacific to make sure we reach a critical mass of people vaccinated in all countries. With restrictions easing, it is important we achieve even higher vaccinations and keep up public health measures.
No one is safe until we are all safe.”
On the other hand, “neighbouring” Papua New Guinea, with virtually no-one at all vaccinated, is a COVID disaster waiting to happen, according to “news website of the year”, The Guardian, also citing the Red Cross.
Al Jazeera reported that vaccination rates in Papua New Guinea were poor due to misinformation and conspiracy theories like “you can still get COVID” if you’re vaccinated. Crazy, right?!
Strangely, neither The Red Cross, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, nor any other mainstream media for that matter has commented on the fact that, on a per capita basis and on the same relative scale as Palau, COVID is imperceptible in Papua New Guinea:
Which is weird.
But don’t worry, Palau is leading the agenda for net zero carbon. Perhaps they’ll have better luck next time?
Apologies for the misleading title and subtitle. I started off by researching evidence to support what all the media was reporting about Pacific posterchild, Palau, and forgot to completely change the narrative when there was none at all.
Oh well. It’s not like anyone died or anything, is it? Is it?
Hmmmm… I guess I’m probably not welcome in Palau any time soon then? One more to cross off the bucket list. You could imagine the conversation at immigration?
Immigration Officer: You can’t come in because you aren’t vaccinated.
Me: But a fully vaccinated person came in and spread COVID to more than one fifth of the island who are also all fully vaccinated.
Immigration Officer: It would have been much worse.
Me: I’ll get my bags.
I might be forced to retract this article after this insightful counter argument from a diligent reader:
What do you think?