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World’s largest floating hospital coming to Honiara soon

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180317-N-RM689-0482 PACIFIC OCEAN (March 16, 2018) Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) transits the waters near Guam en route for Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18). PP18’s mission is to work collectively with host and partner nations to enhance regional interoperability and disaster response capabilities, increase stability and security in the region, and foster new and enduring friendships across the Indo-Pacific Region. Pacific Partnership, now in its 13th iteration, is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kelsey L. Adams/Released)
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The United States has announced today that the the world’s largest floating hospital, will be docking in Honiara in the coming weeks at the invitation of the Solomon Islands government.

Deputy Secretary of State, Wendy Sherman speaking today said: “I am pleased, as well, to be able to announce that as part of Pacific Partnership 2022 — the largest annual humanitarian and disaster relief preparedness mission in the Indo-Pacific — USNS Mercy, the world’s largest floating hospital, will be docking in Honiara in the coming weeks at the invitation of the Solomon Islands government.”

She said Mercy’s crew will work with their Solomon Islands partners on a range of activities including medical exchanges, engineering projects, and community outreach.

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“Mercy’s visit to Solomon Islands underscores our strong commitment to working with the government and the people of Solomon Islands to improve public health and health care access during the pandemic and beyond,” she said.

Meanwhile she said this week, the US Government has delivered an additional more than 35,000 Pfizer vaccine doses to Solomon Islands in partnership with COVAX.

Sherman said this delivery brings the total donations of safe and effective vaccine doses to Solomon Islands to more than 188,000 so far.

“We stand ready to provide additional doses, including pediatric doses, as needed in partnership with COVAX,” she said.

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