New Zealand has narrowly avoided having to put its Covid vaccination roll-out on ice, with the largest shipment yet of Pfizer vaccines arriving two days ahead of schedule.
The shipment of 150,000 doses is the first in the batch of 1 million doses arriving this month and will allow the health officials to ramp up the programme.
The country had distributed nearly all of its supply of the Pfizer storage and was at risk of running out by Wednesday.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told RNZ’s Morning Report the country had been expecting the vaccines to arrive on Tuesday, which would have meant “working very close to the wire”.
“So this means we will be able to keep the rollout cranking along and that we won’t see any change in people’s booked vaccinations,” Ardern said.
The vaccines will be transported to District Health Boards around the country today.
In the UK, Transport for London (TfL) has recorded a £100m plunge in advertising revenue across its network of tube stations, trains and buses after Covid-19 pandemic restrictions kept commuters away from travelling to work.
TfL’s advertising estate – which comprises more than 100,000 billboards, posters and panels throughout the capital’s tube and rail network, in trains and on buses and shelters – is one of the largest and most valuable in the world.
However, with journeys in the city at record low levels at the height of the pandemic, advertisers disappeared, resulting in commercial income plummeting by more than two-thirds to £50m in the year to the end of March. It stands in stark contrast to 2019, when TfL’s advertising income recorded annual growth to £158.3m: