Prime Minister visits Grafton Campus to announce vaccine campaign

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, visited Auckland University and thanked the staff there for their work during the pandemic and unveiled government plans for an historic vaccination campaign.

Ms. Adern and Government Officials also revealed plans to buy vaccines from AstraZeneca and Novavax and pledged to vaccinate every New Zealander for free.

Professor Chris Bullen, NIHI’s Academic Director, was part of the delegation who met with the Prime Minister to discuss COVID. Professor Bullen talked to the Prime Minister about ‘long COVID,’ where some patients suffer long-term ill effects such as severe fatigue. NIHI has been doing work looking at the impact of ‘long COVID’ on individuals and is actively looking at ways to enable those who have been impacted to have a voice and to collect data to understand the impact of ‘long COVID’ and inform future policy and planning.

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