New Zealand is seeing a surge in the number of people who have received a new coronavirus vaccine, and the government is urging the public to get their hands on it as soon as possible.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) says about 40 people in the country have received the vaccine since it was made available to them in September, with the latest figures from November showing around 5,000 people had been vaccinated.
It is also encouraging the public not to delay getting their shots, saying the vaccine can be given within three weeks of vaccination.
The New Zealand Government says the vaccine has a “good chance” of being effective in preventing the spread of the disease, which has killed more than 10,000, according to Health Minister Steven Joyce.
“We know the vaccine is going to be effective in stopping the spread.
It’s good for the community,” Mr Joyce said.
“I think that’s a good thing.
The question is how do you use it and how long do you stick with it?”
New Zealanders will only need to get the vaccine for a few days to feel its benefits, and then it is recommended they get their first dose of shots in the week following the coronaviruses first symptoms.
However, there is a limit to how long they can remain on the vaccine.
The vaccine is manufactured by New Zealand’s National Vaccine Institute, which is also the manufacturer of the vaccine given to other countries, including Australia and South Africa.
It uses a special type of protein to help the immune system work, and prevents the body from producing antibodies.
The vaccines main ingredient is the protein conjugate vaccine (CCV), which is produced by a pharmaceutical company called Sanofi Pasteur.
The CVC vaccine is given in a vaccine called MMR-HIV, and is a highly effective vaccine.
A person can be vaccinated with the vaccine once they have had a total of three doses.
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says the decision to make the vaccine available in the first place is a sign of desperation, and a sign that the Government was “not doing their homework”.
“The Government is desperate to get more people vaccinated and get this vaccine out to the people, but they have got to do that on their own time,” he said.
Dr Joyce says the Government needs to do a better job of managing the rollout.
“There are a lot of people out there who have been vaccinated and they are experiencing some symptoms of the virus.
The more that people get vaccinated, the more likely it is they will feel a lot better, but then that virus is going back and forth between people and that is the most important part,” he told ABC Radio New Zealand.
He also said he believed the Government could use the vaccine to protect the community.
“This vaccine is good, it’s very safe, it has the right safety profile, and we have to use it for a long time to make sure that the people are protected, not just those who are at risk,” he added.
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the decision was “disappointing” but she did not blame the Government for taking too long to release the vaccine, saying she was disappointed that New Zealand had seen a “magnitude” of people die from the virus in the last 12 months.
“My heart goes out to people who are getting this vaccine, but it’s a long way to go to be able to get it to them,” she said.
New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, also criticised the Government’s handling of the rollout, saying it was “unacceptable” and “unprofessional”.
“There is no justification for the delay in providing the vaccines to New Yorkers,” Mr Cuomo said in a statement.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said the Government should have been quicker in making the vaccines available.
“It was a matter of months ago that I sent a letter to the Governor of New Jersey asking that vaccines be provided to all New Yorkers by December.
This delay is unacceptable and I am appalled that it occurred,” he wrote in a tweet.
“The New York City Department of Health has taken steps to ensure that vaccines are available to all people.
The Governor has also directed his state’s Health Department to work with the CDC to provide the vaccines as soon they are available.”
New York’s Governor has already declared a state of emergency for the state.
The state has also banned all public gatherings, with many businesses and schools closed.
“Public health officials are currently working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and New York State Department of Public Health to determine how best to provide New Yorkers with the vaccines they need,” New York Governor Christie said.
He said the state would “continue to monitor the status of the New York County Health Department, as well as other state and local agencies”.
New South Zealand is also warning people not to travel overseas and