250,000 additional Covid-19 vaccines arrive in New Zealand from Denmark – video

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On September 15 an additional 250,000 Covid-19 vaccines arrived at Auckland Airport in New Zealand from Denmark. It follows a previous delivery of vaccines on Sept. 10 from Spain.

The vaccines were transferred to the National Vaccine Hub in Auckland to undergo quality checks before being released into stock and then available for distribution around the country to vaccination sites.

Both deliveries provide an additional 775,000 vaccines to supply. This is the first of two shipments from Denmark, totalling around 500,000 doses — with the second arriving later this week.

Source: CC/ Ollie Dale

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the delivery will allow for more New Zealanders to be vaccinated.

“There is now more than enough vaccine in the country to vaccinate at the world-leading rates we were hitting earlier in the month, and I strongly encourage every New Zealander not yet vaccinated to do so as soon as possible,” she said.

“We are extremely grateful to Denmark for making these vaccines available to help protect Aotearoa New Zealand against the current Delta outbreak.”

“Our sincere gratitude is extended to Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and her officials for their agreement and assistance to sell these doses to New Zealand. I wish to thank the European Commission for coordinating this purchase, as well as Belgium, for their role in producing the vaccine.

The team of five million so far has shown “commitment to keeping our community safe,” Ardern added.

Getting vaccinated protects families and loved ones — so lockdowns no longer need to occur as often. In addition, hospital beds will be available for those that really need them, as getting the jab reduces symptoms for those that contract the virus.

The extra supply means everyone eligible and over the age of 12 can get their shot, for free.

Video: Ministry of Health- Ollie Dale

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