APIA, SAMOA – 24 APRIL 2020: A consignment of medical and pharmaceutical supplies arriving on a special Air New Zealand this afternoon has been classified as part of Government’s preparations for the worst scenario should the COVID 19 enter Samoa’s shores.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi told TV1 on Tuesday that the shipment is being flown in on the special flight designated for New Zealand citizens in Samoa wanting to return home.
The flight was approved by Cabinet this week following negotiations with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, (MFAT) through the New Zealand High Commission Office in Apia.
The Prime Minister said that the final details of the volume and specifications of medical and pharmaceutical supplies in the consignment is being finalised by MFAT and the Ministry of Health.
“But it’s part of our preparations in anticipation that the worst may happen,” said Tuilaepa.
To date, Samoa sent a total of 32 samples for testing overseas and all returned negative for COVID-19 and there are no more pending samples.
The special Air New Zealand flight is also being utilized by Samoan exporters and businesses to fly in urgently needed supplies.
According to the New Zealand High Commission office in Apia, all the passengers on the flight will undergo the mandatory isolation requirements when they arrive in New Zealand.