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New Zealand gives provisional nod to AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine

New Zealand gives provisional nod to AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine

File photo of boxes of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine on Jun 6, 2021. (Photo: Reuters/Ramzi Boudina)

WELLINGTON: New Zealand's health regulator Medsafe has granted provisional approval for the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 18 years of age and older, acting minister for COVID-19 response, Dr Ayesha Verrall, said on Thursday (Jul 29).

New Zealand secured 7.6 million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine through an advance purchase agreement with the company last year.

The country has only been using the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine so far.

New Zealand last week suspended its quarantine-free travel arrangement with Australia for at least eight weeks, citing the highly infectious Delta virus variant.

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Source: Reuters

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