20 Nov 2020

NZ assisting Pacific with plans for Covid jabs

From , 5:01 am on 20 November 2020

As New Zealand secures deals for potential Covid vaccines, it is also working to ensure Pacific island countries have access to them.

New Zealand has announced an agreement  with Belgium-based Janssen Pharmaceutica to purchase up to five million doses of the vaccine.

The Minister of Research, Science and Innovation Megan Woods told Te Aorewa Rolleston New Zealand was working not only on behalf of the realm countries, Tokelau, Niue and the Cook Islands.

A laboratory analyst is at work at the headquarters of the Janssen Pharmaceutica pharmaceutical company in Beerse, Belgium,on June 17, 2020.

Photo: AFP