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New Zealand sets 90% vaccination target to end lockdowns

Oct. 21, 2021 21:28 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's government on Friday set an ambitious target of fully vaccinating 90% of all eligible people to end coronavirus lockdowns. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had been under pressure to provide a pathway to freedom for people...

New Zealand hits virus high, pushes vaccination as way out

Oct. 19, 2021 01:21 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand counted its most new coronavirus cases of the pandemic Tuesday as an outbreak in its largest city grew and officials urged vaccinations as a way out of Auckland's two-month lockdown. Health officials found 94 new local...

New Zealand dispenses record number of jabs at 'Vaxathon'

Oct. 16, 2021 00:53 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand health care workers administered a record number of vaccine jabs Saturday as the nation held a festival aimed at getting more people inoculated against the coronavirus. Musicians, sports stars and celebrities pitched in for the...

New Zealand's doctors and teachers must soon be vaccinated

Oct. 11, 2021 01:46 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Most of New Zealand's health care workers and teachers will soon be legally required to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, the government announced Monday. A new mandate compels doctors, pharmacists, community nurses and many other...

New Zealand admits it can no longer get rid of coronavirus

Oct. 04, 2021 21:35 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's government acknowledged Monday what most other countries did long ago: It can no longer completely get rid of the coronavirus. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a cautious plan to ease lockdown restrictions in Auckland,...

The Latest: Pfizer gives vaccine data from kids 5-11 to FDA

Sep. 28, 2021 10:52 AM EDT

NEW YORK — Pfizer has submitted research to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the effectiveness of its COVID-19 vaccine in children as it moves closer to seeking approval for expanded use of the shots. The drugmaker and its partner, Germany’s BioNTech, say they...

The Latest: Pakistan to begin vaccinating children 12 and up

Sep. 28, 2021 03:45 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s planning minister says the government will begin a drive to vaccinate children aged 12 or above to protect them from coronavirus. The announcement on Tuesday by Asad Umar comes amid a steady decline in fatalities from coronavirus across the...

The Latest: West Virginia hits daily record in new cases

Sep. 12, 2021 18:30 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia set two daily records in the past week for positive coronavirus cases as the pandemic continues to ravage the state. Thursday’s total of confirmed cases was a record 1,738, only to be broken by Saturday’s total of 1,821, according...

The Latest: New Zealand buys 500K Pfizer doses from Denmark

Sep. 11, 2021 22:52 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand is buying an extra 500,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine from Denmark as it tries to keep its coronavirus vaccination program running at full speed, the government said. The doses are on top of New Zealand’s regular shipments from...

New Zealand feared an extremist but found no way to stop him

Sep. 09, 2021 01:35 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Immigration officers feared him. So, too, did prosecutors, prison officials and police. They thought he could launch a terror attack at any moment. Even the prime minister wanted him deported. Yet, in the end, nobody in New Zealand was...