Palau - a COVID-19 Success Story

Draconian measures and the best vaccination rate in the world is how Palau achieved ZERO COVID-19 - oops!


CNN + Guardian

By Joe Smalley

Nov 22nd 2022

A cluster of islands in the Pacific Ocean that’s one of the few places on Earth entirely free from Covid-19 could become one of the first countries vaccinated against the disease.


The Republic of Palau, an archipelago home to about 18,000 people, received its first shipment of the vaccine developed by US pharmaceutical company Moderna on Saturday. Vaccinations started the next day, Palau’s Ministry of Health announced on Twitter.


The first shipment included 2,800 doses of the vaccine, which will be administered in two shots, 28 days apart. Health care workers, key officials and vulnerable groups will be among the first to receive the vaccine, according to the ministry’s statement.

To date, Palau has not recorded a single coronavirus case or virus-related death, according to the World Health Organization.


In January, as the virus began to spread across Asia and the Pacific, Palau was among the first to implement stricter border controls. Its borders were entirely locked by March, and it began testing citizens for the virus by April. These measures were key to keeping Covid-19 out, Palau’s ambassador to the UN said in May.


An independent nation in free association with Washington, Palau has access to the United States’ mass Covid-19 vaccination program, known as Operation Warp Speed (OWS).


The archipelago covers an area of just 177 square miles (459 square kilometers) – about a sixth of the size of Rhode Island, the smallest US state. That small size puts Palau in a prime position to be among the first nations to be inoculated against Covid-19, according to the country’s incident commander of the Ministry of Health, Ritter Udui.

“We are lucky to be in a position where we have access to vaccines through OWS, and our small size makes it easier for us to roll out the program,” Udui said. “It’s not compulsory to receive the vaccine, so our goal is to vaccinate about 80% of the population. We hope to achieve herd immunity (through the vaccination program).”

Palau initially planned to have the vaccinations completed by May, but Udui said this deadline would “probably be extended” due to a slowdown in distribution from the US.


Luckily, Palau is in the middle of nowhere so keeping COVID-19 out with strict border controls, zealous testing and all the other silly social distancing measures ensured they had not one single COVID-19 case before they became 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 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.


Palau Government Spokesperson reporting on their first COVID-19 case

I mean, seriously? Double jabbed and double tested before boarding? I bet they wore two 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.


Less than three months later, Palau had its first major COVID-19 outbreak, registering almost 4,000 cases, more than 20% of the population.

Six died.

Even more strange is that when Palau finally dropped its requirement for a negative PCR test or proof of COVID-19 recovery on entry, rather than cases exploding, they disappeared completely. It’s almost as if you don’t know you’ve got COVID-19 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.

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-19 disaster waiting to happen, according to “news website of the year”, The Guardian, also citing the Red Cross:



Strangely, neither The Red Cross, The Guardian, 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-19 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 poster child, 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-19 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.




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