Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed that more than 250,000 additional doses of the Pfizer vaccine are now on their way to New Zealand.
Order and Director General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield have provided an update on the current Covid 19 epidemic.
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The vaccine from Spain left Madrid at 1am (NZT) and was due to arrive in New Zealand tomorrow morning, Arden said. These are extra for scheduled meals.
This is the first of two deals and the second was an even bigger order.
The assurance of extra food means the country’s vaccination program can continue until more supplies arrive, Ordner said.
He said there were a number of factors that led to Spain being selected for the supplements, including the importance of where the meals were prepared, so that they could be found in New Zealand beaches.
He said there was a pre-existing relationship which meant that the conversation was possible.
Large quantities are coming in October, so there was a need to receive food in New Zealand space.
More than 400,000 doses of the vaccine have been given.
Arden said she wants New Zealand’s vaccine rate to lead the world in 2021.
He said 77 per cent of people over the age of 40 have been given at least one dose, while 64 per cent of people aged 12+ have been given at least one dose and 89 over the age of 65 have been given at least one dose. One percent has been given one dose.
In the fourth week of the Delta Level 4 lockdown with Auckland, and the rest of the country at Level 2, Arden said it is important that everyone is vaccinated.
“If everyone who can be vaccinated is vaccinated, you are potentially saving someone’s life that can’t be.”
Of the current cases, 121 are children under the age of nine, he said.
“These are children who cannot be vaccinated at this stage.”
“People can encourage and help others with the vaccine,” he said.
“There are enough vaccines now so that everyone can be vaccinated quickly,” he said.
There were 13 new community cases of Kwid 19. Announced today, all over Auckland.