NEW ZEALAND DISTRIBUTES COVID-19 VACCINE FREE TO CITIZENS AND NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES


18/12/2020




Selin ATAY-TDO- In New Zealand, where no new cases have been announced for about 6 months, the government announced that the Covid-19 vaccine will be available free of charge to all citizens of the country and to neighboring island countries as well.

The Wellington government had previously announced a deal with US-based Novavax and Britain's Oxford-AstraZenica, which has been disappointing with a 60 per cent success rate in vaccine studies.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has indicated that citizens who request it can get the Covid-19 vaccine free of charge, according to the government's work. Prime minister Ardern announced that in addition to the country's population of about 5 million, Covid-19 vaccines will be provided free of charge to neighboring countries Tokelau, the Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu.

"To date, not all the countries of the world and the entire population of the planet have been vaccinated at the same time. Vaccination work can take months, not weeks. But New Zealand is in a good position after the pre-vaccine purchases we have made. As soon as the safety issues are resolved, we will launch the vaccination campaign,” the New Zealand Prime Minister said.

The New Zealand government has made deals with 4 different companies, including Pfizer-BioNTech, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Novavax and Oxford-AstraZenica, as part of the Covid-19 vaccine campaign. The government is scheduled to purchase close to 18 million doses of the vaccine from The New Zealand government. On the other hand, in order for the vaccines to be effective, 2 doses are prescribed for each individual, which means that enough vaccines are received for 9 million people.


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