New Zealand has secured half a million Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines from Denmark to keep its vaccination program running at full speed amid an outbreak of the Delta variant, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced.
The 500,000 doses from Denmark came shortly after New Zealand purchased 275,000 doses from Spain.
“This extra supply means we can continue to roll out vaccines well ahead of plan so that everyone in New Zealand over the age of 12 can be vaccinated as soon as possible for free,” Ardern also said.
Ardern said that the vaccines from Denmark will arrive within days “to meet the significantly increased demand through September before our large shipments land in October.”
“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,” Ardern said on Sept. 12.
According to the government’s latest COVID-19 vaccination update, 33% of the population has been fully vaccinated while 66% has received at least one dose.
New Zealand has imposed a lockdown since the outbreak of the Delta variant last August.
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