Government agrees to purchasing 5 million COVID-19 vaccines

Government agrees to purchasing 5 million COVID-19 vaccines

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The government has agreed in an in-principle agreement to purchase up to 5 million COVID-19 vaccines.

Following this announcement, this follows the government’s recent agreement to purchase around 1.5m doses of a vaccine, and that’d be enough for roughly 750,000 people — which would come from Pfizer and BioNTech.

The vaccines will be enough for all people of the country — the vaccine that is successfully completing clinical trials and passing the usual regulatory approvals in New Zealand first.

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“This agreement forms part of our portfolio approach to ensure that we have the ability to access a range of vaccine options, if and when a suitable vaccine is developed and approved,” says Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods.

The agreement is with Janssen Pharmaceutica. The government is expecting a set approach of a purchase agreement that will be finalised in the coming weeks.

“The agreement with Janssen would see the first doses – up to 2 million – delivered from the third quarter of 2021. We have the option to purchase up to 3 million additional doses, which would be delivered throughout 2022,” Megan Woods said.

The vaccine will be most likely a single-dose, and compatible with standard vaccine distribution channels.

Janssen, and its parent company Johnson & Johnson, according to the government, have a ‘very strong’ track record for producing safe and effective pharmaceutical products around the country.

“This gives us confidence in their ability to develop, manufacture and deliver a safe and effective vaccine,” Megan Woods said.

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