Covid-19: What to expect from today's Medsafe vaccine announcement

A Stuff article.

At 2pm Wednesday the Prime Minister will announce whether New Zealand medicines regulator Medsafe has approved the first Covid-19 vaccine that the Government has on order.

Should Medsafe grant approval, the legal hurdles to importing and distributing the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccines will have been cleared. This is the first vaccine to go through the approvals process.

If Medsafe declines to approve the vaccine, it will almost certainly be on safety grounds. It may request more information.

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