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Medicine NZ hopes country can roll out Covid-19 vaccines early

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Tue, 19 Jan 2021, 6:01pm
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Medicine NZ hopes country can roll out Covid-19 vaccines early

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 19 Jan 2021, 6:01pm

Medical professionals are hopeful New Zealand is in a position to roll out Covid-19 vaccines early.

The Government's exploring whether vaccines can be sourced ahead of schedule for front-line workers.

Minister in charge of Covid-19 Chris Hipkins has also revealed that the Government is "exploring some possibilities" as to whether it could get a smaller number of Covid-19 vaccines to frontline workers earlier than had been previously signalled.

"If we can do, we will be able to do that very quickly – but it is all dependent on whether the vaccine companies will supply that," he said in a press conference this afternoon

He would not go into further details as they are "quite sensitive international negotiations".

Immunisations aren't set to start until the second quarter of this year.

Medicines New Zealand's Chief Executive says we're already doing well, with four different vaccine deals.

Graeme Jarvis told Heather du Plessis-Allan the Government's achieved this working collaboratively.

"We're going to try and work in a collaborative manner to see what we can achieve, to make sure that these additional requests for early delivery of a vaccine comes to fruition." 

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