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New Zealand may approve COVID-19 vaccine next week; start general vaccinations mid-year

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Way too slow. The Labour government's complacency on this point is unforgivable.

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Way too slow. The Labour government's complacency on this point is unforgivable.

hold on NZ has been on of the best countries in containing this virus, I think theyve earned a bit of a delay, after all its probably more of a supply issue. 70% of Kiwis think the NZ government have done an excellent job, probably why the had a landslide last election. so your opinion doesnt really matter only those of Kiwis

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Arden the woke queen takes the most conservative approach possible.

Who would have thought.

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@wtfjapan

I didn't vote for her as I can see through her lies and incompetence. Great with platitudes and not much else.

How hard is it to keep the virus out of New Zealand when it is miles from everywhere and the borders are shut? People give Ardern way too much credit.

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Yes, it is slow but they know if they make promises they don't keep people will be more than unhappy. Since they don't produce vaccines themselves they are relying on big pharmacy. That's why they say mid-year. And it's not like people are dying there as well.

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From a humanitarian point of view, other countries that have suffered and are suffering because of the coronavirus should get taken care of first. NZ has contributed nothing to development or manufacturing of the vaccine as far as I am aware.

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NZ has contributed nothing to development or manufacturing of the vaccine as far as I am aware

Be more aware then.

In May this year, the Government made an initial allocation of $37 million to the COVID-19 vaccine strategy, which has been allocated as follows:

$15 million for international research collaboration:

New Zealand has joined Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI)

 $10 million to support research in New Zealand and contribute to global efforts:

Vaccine Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand – Ohu Kaupare Huaketo - is leading COVID-19 vaccine research in New Zealand, working with local and international scientists to support the development of potential vaccine candidates... .

$7 million in official development assistance will go to the vaccine alliance, Gavi, which distributes vaccines to developing countries.

https://www.mbie.govt.nz/science-and-technology/science-and-innovation/international-opportunities/covid-19-vaccine-strategy/#:~:text=The%20government%20has%20invested%20%2427,New%20Zealand%20and%20the%20Pacific.

Not much, sure, but it's a small country with a small economy.

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Good to know.

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How hard is it to keep the virus out of New Zealand when it is miles from everywhere and the borders are shut? People give Ardern way too much credit.

because planes and boats still travel there to deliver goods export, and they have staff on those carriers

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How hard is it to keep the virus out of New Zealand when it is miles from everywhere and the borders are shut? People give Ardern way too much credit.

because planes and boats still travel there to deliver goods export, and they have staff on those carriers

Not to mention the 100,000+ people that have been through managed isolation and quarantine facilities since March of last year. Many of whom coming from countries that haven't dealt with the pandemic quite so well.

https://www.mbie.govt.nz/business-and-employment/economic-development/covid-19-data-resources/managed-isolation-and-quarantine-data/

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Akula

How hard is it to keep the virus out of New Zealand when it is miles from everywhere and the borders are shut?

I don't know; ask Japan or the UK how hard it is. They seem to find it very difficult although I see that the UK is looking to adopt NZ's approach to MIQ.

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