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New Zealand says Covid vaccinations 'small step in long journey'

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New Zealand launched its Covid-19 vaccination programme Saturday but warned the initial rollout was only a small step in the long battle against the pandemic.The Pacific nation has been widely praised for its handling of the coronavirus and has seen just 26 deaths in a population of five million.The vaccine drive begins just days after authorities lifted a coronavirus lockdown in Auckland which confined most of the city's residents to their homes for three days."It's the start of what we might call a new chapter but we still have a long way to go," said Ashley Bloomfield, the country's director-general of health.The rollout marked a "small but important step in a long journey", he added, with the initial focus on high risk citizens and.

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