New Zealand – Government has purchased enough vaccine for the entire population
The government has purchased enough of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for every New Zealander, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins made the announcement at a post-Cabinet briefing on Monday.
Ardern said the decision to make Pfizer the country’s primary vaccine provider was taken after it was shown to be about 95 per cent effective at preventing symptomatic infection. Her government started its national rollout of the vaccine last month and expects to inoculate its entire population by the end of the year.
With just over 2,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 26 deaths, New Zealand largely contained the pandemic compared with other developed countries, helped by speedy tracking systems, border closures and snap lockdowns. Auckland, New Zealand’s biggest city, emerged on Sunday from a strict week long lockdown imposed after a community cluster of the more contagious British coronavirus variant.