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King Tupou VI receives third Covid booster jab

The king of Tonga, His Majesty King Tupou VI, has received a third shot of the Covid-19 vaccine yesterday.

A team from the Ministry of Health led by the Royal Physician, Dr Sione Latu administered the royal jab at the Heilala Tangitangi Palace in ‘Eua.

“The Ministry of Health is so grateful for the continued support from His Majesty and the Royal Family in the fight against COVID-19 through the vaccination program”, the Ministry said.

Tonga had 16,810 positive cases of Covid 19 and 13 deaths.

It has been three years since the outbreak of Covid-19 and over almost seven million reported deaths.

The World Helth Organisation (WHO) boss Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus expressed his approval of the countries of the world’s various health sectors’ successful efforts to counter the deadly virus.

“I am confident that at some point this year we will be able to say that Covid-19 is over as a public health emergency of international concern – and as a pandemic.”

This comes after countries of the WHO held negotiations on a global accord on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response, using the “zero draft” as a basis for negotiating an agreement to protect nations and communities from future pandemic emergencies.