Covid-19 Vaccines. Have any actually been purchased yet (i.e. not an agreement to)?

Mr M P Ross made this Official Information request to Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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From: Mr M P Ross

Dear Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet,

On the 17th December 2020 it was announced by Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern that four pre-purchase agreements had been secured for Covid-19 vaccines;

- 750,000 courses from Pfizer/BioNTech;
- 5 million courses from Janssen;
- 3.8 million courses from the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca; and
- 5.36 million courses from Novavax.

1) Have any of these above actually been purchased (paid for) as of 26/01/2021, rather than just an agreement to buy them in the future?

2) Once purchased (if not already, with Medsafe Approval), what is the estimated date (or days since purchase) for the vaccines to be in NZ ready to be administered.

3) As BioCell Corporation in Papatoetoe has received $3 million to upgrade their facilities to manufacture commercial quantities of COVID-19 vaccines, Do any of the 4 pre-purchase agreements above New Zealand obtains the rights to manufacture the vaccine in New Zealand?

Yours faithfully,

Mr M P Ross

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The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) has passed this request onto MBIE to answer.

(I asked the DPMC because they have the business unit that coordinates the all-of-government response to COVID-19. This includes the government's operational coordination; data analytics, monitoring, reporting and insights; and public communications for COVID-19).

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From: Ministerial Services

Ref: 2021-1384

 

Dear Mr Ross,

 

On behalf of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment I
acknowledge your email of 26^th January 2021, transferred by the
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, requesting under the
Official Information Act 1982 (the Act), the following:

 

“On the 17th December 2020 it was announced by Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern that
four pre-purchase agreements had been secured for Covid-19 vaccines; -
750,000 courses from Pfizer/BioNTech;

- 5 million courses from Janssen;

- 3.8 million courses from the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca; and

- 5.36 million courses from Novavax.

1) Have any of these above actually been purchased (paid for) as of
26/01/2021, rather than just an agreement to buy them in the future?

2) Once purchased (if not already, with Medsafe Approval), what is the
estimated date (or days since purchase) for the vaccines to be in NZ ready
to be administered.

3) As BioCell Corporation in Papatoetoe has received $3 million to upgrade
their facilities to manufacture commercial quantities of COVID-19
vaccines, Do any of the 4 pre-purchase agreements above New Zealand
obtains the rights to manufacture the vaccine in New Zealand?”

 

Your request is being processed in accordance with the Act and a response
will be sent to you in due course.

 

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free to contact us via email at [1][email address].

 

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MINISTERIAL SERVICES

            

Corporate, Governance and Information

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

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NZBN 9429000106078

 

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Kia ora Mr Ross,

 

Please see attached for our response to your Official Information Act
Request.

 

Ngā mihi,

Zachary

 

Zachary Clarke

Policy Advisor | COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy / International Science
Partnerships

Science, Innovation & International | Labour Science & Enterprise Group

 

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