Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that a quarter of a million extra Pfizer doses are en route to New Zealand from Spain.
The additional COVID-19 vaccines are due to arrive on Friday morning. It will allow the Government to maintain high levels of vaccination this month, before the bulk of doses arrive in October.
“We expect to receive a total of 1.8 million doses from Pfizer throughout the month of September, in addition to the doses purchased from Spain. This means we don’t have any plans to slow down the rollout,” Ardern said on Thursday.
“This is the result of excellent collaboration between officials from New Zealand, Spain, the European Commission and Pfizer to secure this agreement. I wish to say thank you to those involved, especially President Pedro Sánchez of Spain.
“We are deeply grateful to Spain for their cooperation and agreement to sell these doses to New Zealand. This reaffirms the strong links between our countries and is in the spirit of the global values shared by New Zealand and Spain.”
Great news. The quicker we can get everyone who wants to be vaccinated, vaccinated, the quicker we can open up again.