Public health and Covid-19 in French Polynesia

Healthcare in French Polynesia

Healthcare in French Polynesia is rather above average in a worldwide comparison.

Probably the most important indicator that can be used to summarize the efficiency of all measures is general life expectancy. In other words, the theoretical age that a newborn child could potentially reach today. At the moment this age in French Polynesia is 75.8 years for men and 80.1 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 5.1 years lower (men: 70.6 / women: 75.1 years).

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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in French Polynesia

Current incidence in the week ending 10/07/2022: 485.9 new infections per 100,000 population

Since the beginning of the pandemic until October 7th, 2022, a total of 20,859 infected people and 154 deaths have been reported in French Polynesia.

The total of 20,859 infected people currently represents 7.4% of the total population. The number of new infections during the seven days preceding October 7th, 2022, was 1,365, for a 7-day incidence of 485.9 cases per 100,000 population. In the same week, seven people died from (or with) Covid-19. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, this results in a mortality rate of about 0.7 percent in French Polynesia.

Current vaccination status

According to official WHO data, a total of 460,803 vaccine doses have been administered as of July 31st, 2022. More recent data are not yet available to WHO. 188,245 people have received at least one vaccination (67.0%). The booster vaccination was received by 88,909 people (31.7%).

183,649 of these are considered fully vaccinated in French Polynesia (= 65.4%).
This means that French Polynesia is only in the middle of the field in terms of vaccination coverage. The vaccination rate is higher in 98 countries.

Due to the current corona pandemic, we update the worldwide case numbers daily. A list of all infected and dead people by country can be found on our Covid19 virus topic page.

Weight and size

Body height178 cm166 cm
Weight93.8 kg81.3 kg


French PolynesiaØ worldwide
Diabetes *19.50%8.81%

* The number of people suffering from diabetes refers only to inhabitants aged between 20 and 79 years.

Medical supplies

Public health and Covid-19 in French PolynesiaWith about 479 physicians in French Polynesia, there are about 1.70 doctors per 1000 inhabitants. Here again the comparison: worldwide this standard is 1.50 physicians per 1000 inhabitants and in the EU even 3.57.

Supply with drinking water

Explanation of the graph:
Red line: access to water supply via wells or delivered drinking water
Green bars: Permanent access to running and tested drinking water connection

About 84 percent of the population has access to an immediately available, running drinking water supply. At least via springs and wells within a maximum distance of 30 minutes or supplied water, 100% of the population is supplied with largely clean drinking water. The population is thus better served than average. In a global comparison, only about 74% of the population has direct access to tested and always available drinking water. Within the European Union, this share is 98%. Only in a few countries does the proportion fall below 10%.


Above data correspond to the information of the World Health Organization, Global Health Workforce Statistics, UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, Global Health Observatory Data Repository and OECD. The case numbers for the spread of the corona virus come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Infected and deaths by the corona virus (COVID 19)Spread of the Corona virus Covid19 (SARS-CoV-2)Worldwide development of the number of cases and deaths due to the corona virus.
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