Virus Outbreak Solomon Islands FILE - Ships are docked offshore in Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, Nov. 24, 2018.
With the first community outbreak of the coronavirus in the Solomon Islands spreading rapidly through the largely-unvaccinated population, the Red Cross warned Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, that the Pacific Island nation's fragile health care system is at risk of becoming overwhelmed.
The capital Honiara has only one small hospital and authorities have already turned a sports building into a field hospital and a football stadium into a vaccination center, said Clement Manuri, secretary general of the Solomon Islands Red Cross Society.
Like the Solomon Islands, all have limited health care resources, and there is concern that their remoteness may make helping them difficult.
"As COVID takes off across the Pacific, it’s more important than ever that vaccines get in the arms of people who are unvaccinated.”In the Solomon Islands, authorities have been struggling with their vaccine rollout, particularly in hard-to-reach outlying islands.