Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand has bought so many COVID-19 vaccines that it will give free doses to neighboring countries


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By Joshua Zitser

  • New Zealand has secured two additional COVID-19 vaccines from the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca and Novavax. This brings the total up to four vaccine providers.
  • The number of vaccine doses available to New Zealanders now far exceeds the population of five million people.
  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that New Zealand will offer surplus vaccines to neighboring nations.
  • New Zealand will also offer $65 million in aid to support Pacific countries in getting access to vaccines.
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On Thursday, Jacinda Ardern announced that New Zealand had secured two additional COVID-19 vaccines. This means that the country now expects to have so many doses of the vaccine that it will be able to offer it to neighboring nations for free.

The Government signed deals with the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca and Novavax to bring in an additional 18.3 million doses. Both of these vaccines require two doses, meaning that over nine million people will be able to be vaccinated.

Prior to these agreements, New Zealand had already secured 750,000 courses from Pfizer/BioNTech and 4 million courses from Janssen.

Given that New Zealand’s population stands at just five million people, the country expects to have almost triple the number of vaccines required.

In a press release, Ardern revealed that spare vaccines would go to neighboring countries.

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