9 Sep 2019

New shipment of measles vaccines to arrive before week's end

From Morning Report, 7:44 am on 9 September 2019

The public is being assured there won't be a shortage of measles vaccines - with a big shipment due in New Zealand by the end of the week. On Friday, a South Auckland doctor told RNZ she was low on vaccines and unsure when more would be coming. She argued surplus stock should be moved from other regions to where the demand is. There are more than 1,000 confirmed cases of the highly contagious disease - most of them in Auckland. But yesterday, Health Minister David Clark said 35,000 measles vaccines were spread around the country and another 52,000 are expected to arrive by the end of the week. Susie Ferguson speaks with the Director General of the Health Ministry, Ashley Bloomfield.