U.S. Federal funds provided for COVID-19 testing for Pacific islands

March 27, 2020

The U.S. Department of Interior announced $858,924 in federal grant funding to provide testing kits and a machine to U.S. Pacific territories and freely associated states.

Assistant Secretary of Insular and International Affairs Douglas Domenech announced the technical assistance program emergency grant funding to the Pacific Island Health Officers Association to provide GeneXpert testing kits and a machine.

The test has a detection time of approximately 45 minutes, stated Cepheid, the company that makes the testing kits.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the rapid diagnostic test last week.

The test kits could be a big help for Guam as the island's Public Health laboratory is running low on supplies.

The grant funding will help Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau and American Samoa.

The Pacific Island Health Officers Association has confirmed that all health departments in the Pacific territories and the freely associated states currently have the testing equipment, lab infrastructure, skills, and practical knowledge base to set up and run localized COVID-19 testing using the GeneXpert platform, as they currently run similar tests on the same platform for other diseases, such as tuberculosis, the release stated.

Pacific Island Health Officers Association is working with regional and local health authorities to assess needs and will conduct a regional bulk procurement of newly developed COVID-19 testing kits and a back-up GeneXpert machine for the island areas, the release stated.



  • Thanks you President Trump and The Hard working men and women of the GOP party who fight hard to pass this funding.

  • Nice try, Rasta, but the funding is provided by American taxpayers, not by your Liar-in-Chief.
  • Passed by the party of the President and who forced the DEMOCRATS to vote yes on this.

    Micronesians and brownies must never forget the DEMOCRATS refused to pass this legislation in 3 days because they were trying to pass their green new deal in this rescue bill. They got caught.

    Win turbines and radio stations and theater's were more important than helping the American people and us also.

    @FactsMatter, thanks to capitalism we get a piece of this needed aid.

    Thanks GOP and Trump.
  • You've been eating too many of those brownies full of weed, Rasta. lol
  • No i read the New York Times.


  • 3 times in the Senate Democrats voted no for this legislation. 2 Times it was voted for in the Senate. In all 3 votes every Republicans voted yes and democrats voted no.

    How many people died during that democrat obstruction @FactsMatter? All because your old bitch Pelosi and that hooked nosed mfuker Schumer were playing politics? How many?

    But thank God Trump and GOP called out DEMOCRATS on live t.v for the world to see how Democrats refused to pass it. And in the end Democrats folded.

    Thanks GOP and MAGA
  • What a racist Trump is. Giving us brownies millions in aid to fight this.

    Komolol tata Mr. President.

  • You are way out-of-date, Reaper.

    The article you posted is from March 22....six days ago.

    In the meantime, 48 Democrats and 48 Republicans in the senate voted together to pass the two trillion dollar pandemic relief act.

    Try to keep up with the news. It will make you look smarter and more believable.
  • History tells us this @FactsMatter

    On the the 24th and 25th of March 2020, Democrats voted no on passing this bill in the Senate. For 2 days they were testing the waters to see if the US voter would agree with them or the GOP. The US voter were mad at Democrats for voting no. And when Democrats saw this that's only when they voted yes. Never shall we forget that for 2 days Democrats played games.

    Tried to bring up their own rescue package but it was rejected by the GOP and the American people.

    Good news the GOP package has passed the house and Trump will sign it into law later on today.

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