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Ardern Announces New Zealand’s Largest-Ever Immunization Program

  • Aims to vaccinate entire population against Covid-19 next year
  • Government secures vaccines from AstraZeneca, Novavax
New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern 

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern 

Photographer: Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images
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New Zealand aims to begin vaccinating its entire population against Covid-19 in the second half of next year in its largest-ever immunization program, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. The nation’s currency rose.

The government has secured two additional vaccines from pharmaceutical companies AstraZeneca Plc and Novavax Inc, and will have enough for all five million New Zealanders, Ardern said Thursday in Wellington. If proven to be safe and effective, immunization will begin with border workers and essential staff in the second quarter of 2021 followed by the general population in the second half, she said. The vaccines will be free to the public.