COVID-19: Purchasing the vaccines

We currently have agreements with four suppliers for COVID-19 vaccines. These are Pfizer/BioNTech, Janssen Pharmaceutica, Novavax and AstraZeneca.

Last updated: 7 July 2021

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Purchasing from suppliers

New Zealand has secured COVID-19 vaccines through Advance Purchase Agreements with pharmaceutical suppliers. We have agreements with four suppliers.

World Health Organisation (WHO) – COVID-19 vaccines


We've secured 10 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine (Comirnaty) in total. This is enough for 5 million people to get the two doses of the vaccine they need against COVID-19.

The Government has signed an advance purchase agreement for 8.5 million additional doses from Pfizer. Enough to vaccinate 4.25 million people.

Our first COVID-19 vaccine agreement was for 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer.

The decision to make Pfizer our primary vaccine provider includes:

  • it's shown to be approximately 95% effective against symptomatic COVID-19, seven days after receiving two doses
  • all people in New Zealand will have the chance to access the same vaccine.

First COVID-19 vaccine purchase agreement signed
Government purchases enough Pfizer vaccines for whole country

Janssen Pharmaceutica

New Zealand secured 2 million doses of the Janssen vaccine through an advance purchase agreement in 2020.

Janssen is a single dose, viral vector vaccine, and can be stored at normal fridge temperatures (2C to 8C) for up to 3 months, and in deep freezers (-20C to -15C) for up to two years.

Agreement advanced to purchase up to 5 million COVID-19 vaccines


We’ve agreed with Novavax to purchase 10.72 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. This vaccine needs two doses. Enough for 5.36 million people.

We’re not likely to receive this vaccine until later in 2021.

Two new vaccines secured, enough for every New Zealander


An Advance Purchase Agreement of 7.6 million doses was signed with AstraZeneca. This vaccine needs two doses which is enough for 3.8 million people.

AstraZeneca vaccine is fridge-stable, which may allow for a more efficient rollout. This means it’s compatible with our existing storage and distribution channels.

Two new vaccines secured, enough for every New Zealander

Monitoring international use of AstraZeneca

There are reports that AstraZeneca may be ineffective for people aged over 65. We consider it to be a credible contribution to our portfolio, reinforced by the fact it’s also purchased by Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, the European Union and the United States.

The widespread use of AstraZeneca overseas will help us understand the benefits in the wider population. This includes the level of protection and whether the vaccine reduces transmission of the virus.

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