December 03, 2020
Wait and see approach to vaccines
A member of the Māori pandemic response group Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutā says it could be the middle of next year before New Zealand is ready to rill out a vaccine.
The United Kingdom is set to start innoculating its population as early as next week with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, which requires two doses 21 days apart.
Dr Rawiri Jansen says unlike the UK and United States, New Zealand will not seek emergency approval, and it will look closely at how effective any vaccine is.
"I like to think about it as the second mouse gets the cheese. Those ones that rush at it take some extra risks and we need to watch that carefully, make sure we have all the data we need to know everything we need to know about a vaccine before we roll it out. We are probably going to everything we can ready for a vaccine roll out just a little bit before or after June, in my view," Dr Jansen says.
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