Widespread distrust and refusal of the COVID-19 vaccine in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is being linked to a rising number of mothers choosing not to bring their children forward for other vaccinations. And as immunity levels decline in the most populous Pacific Island nation, it is only a matter of time before a devastating disease outbreak occurs, health experts say. The nation successfully held the COVID pandemic at bay with strict measures, including border closures, until March 2021 when cases began to surge. Now, PNG has recorded a total of 46,427 cases, including 909 in the past one and a half months. View More