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The US Secretary of Defense is scheduled to visit Palau for five hours on Friday, with President Tommy Remengesau Junior calling it a historic visit from a high level official of the country's closest ally.
In a press conference, President Remengesau said there were a range of issues that could be discussed during Mark Esper's visit.
Palau is reportedly planning to open up for tourism next month, initially with just Taiwan.
Despite remaining Covid-19 free, Palau's tourism industry - its primary source of revenue - has come to a standstill.
Currently there are two chartered flights a month that carry essential workers and medical patients between Taiwan and Palau.
Pacific countries are among 172 nations which are now pooling funds to pre-purchase Covid-19 vaccines still in development.
Known as the Covax Facility, the initiative aims to secure supplies and deliver two billion doses of any safe and approved vaccines to these countries by the end of 2021.
The repatriation of Marshall Islanders continues to be considered despite mounting cases of Covid-19 in Hawaii and Guam, the two principle points of departure for flights there.
The government had yet to make a decision about repatriating what is said to be over 200 people stranded in Hawai'i, Guam, the Philippines, Fiji, Kiribati and elsewhere.
But the government's National Disaster Committee is currently considering seeking cabinet endorsement for the return of two groups.
More than 22,000 Pacific people have tested for Covid-19 in recent weeks, as the community has rallied in the face of the latest surge of the coronavirus.
At a news conference for Pacific media on Friday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the director-general of health, Ashley Bloomfield, paid tribute to the community for the way it had responded to the call to get tested.
Two New Caledonian airlines have asked for loans guaranteed by the French state to counter the downturn caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The international carrier Aircalin and the domestic airline Air Caledonie reported a drop in passenger numbers of 91 and 40 percent respectively.
Aircalin says it wants a $US48 million loan in order to keep operating a reduced schedule while cutting its wage bill by 20 percent.