19 Nov 2020

Covid-19: Hipkins on vaccine deal

From Morning Report, 6:38 am on 19 November 2020

The government has reached an in-principle agreement to purchase doses of a Covid-19 vaccine for the entire population.

The agreement with Janssen Pharmaceutica is subject to the vaccine successfully completing clinical trials and passing regulatory approvals in New Zealand.

The Minister for Covid 19 Response, Chris Hipkins, told me last night the government is working very hard to make sure New Zealand is at the front of the queue when vaccines start to come to market.