W&F airport

The Hihifo Airport on Wallis Island, Wallis and Futuna.

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MATA'UTU (RNZ Pacific/Pacnews) — Almost half the population of Wallis and Futuna has been vaccinated against Covid-19 as the French territory is about to come out of a four-week lockdown.

The inoculation drive launched less than two weeks ago with additional staff flown in from France has seen just over 46% of the population getting the first Moderna jab.

The infection rate has slowed, with six new cases detected over the Easter weekend.

A total of 416 infections have been recorded in the four weeks since the first community case was identified.

Six people with Covid-19 are still in hospital, including one in intensive care.

Eight patients have been flown for treatment to New Caledonia. Four people died.

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