by Renju Jose and Melanie Burton
SYDNEY, February 15 (Reuters) – Australia and New Zealand have received first deliveries of doses of coronavirus vaccines and will begin vaccinations in the coming days, as cities like Melbourne and Auckland remain in lockdown after the appearance of new cases of contamination.
Speaking to Canberra reporters on Monday, Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt said a first shipment of 142,000 doses of the vaccine Pfizer developed with BioNTech had arrived.
The vaccination campaign in Australia is due to start on February 22.
In New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that a first batch of 60,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. She said security checks would be carried out before doses were administered from border workers on Saturday. (Renju Jose Sydney, Melanie Burton Melbourne; French version Jean Terzian)