New Zealand wins the prize for greatest neighbor ever.
The island nation is giving a serving to hand throughout the South Pacific, shopping for COVID vaccines for six neighbors: Tokelau, Niue, the Prepare dinner Islands, Tonga, Samoa and Tuvalu.
New Zealand has a inhabitants of 5 million however has ordered roughly 18 million doses — 7.6 million from AstraZeneca and 10.72 million from Novovax, MyModernMet reported. Beneath the double-dose system, the order will cowl greater than 10 million individuals.
The neighboring states can determine whether or not they need the doses. Each New Zealander will obtain the vaccine totally free.
New Zealand has been a mannequin for beating again the virus via contact tracing and quarantines. At this time, the nation has no confirmed circumstances.
Overseas Minister Nanaia Mahuta praised New Zealand’s neighbors for every little thing they’ve executed to stymie the an infection’s unfold.
“Pacific international locations have labored arduous to maintain COVID-19 out, or to stamp it out, and New Zealand has been dedicated to supporting them on this.”