As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, the world is racing to create a viable vaccine to help control the spread of the virus. Is New Zealand ready for a vaccine? How will it be rolled out? And how effective will it be? Jemima Huston spoke to University of Otago Associate Professor James Ussher, about New Zealand’s Covid-19 vaccine strategy. They discuss how New Zealand is working with international states to obtain a safe and viable vaccine for public distribution and whether a vaccine alone will stop the spread of coronavirus.

James Ussher is an Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Otago. He is an expert in applied and molecular immunology, medical microbiology, and vaccines.

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