Are Covid-10 vaccines safe for pregnant women?

New Zealand’s Covid-19 vaccination programme began on February 20, 2021 with people working in border-related jobs and their families being the first to be offered the jabs. [1]  At this stage the only Covid-19 vaccine available in NZ is the Pfizer/BioNTech  mRNA vaccine (“COMIRNATY”) and due to the short shelf life of this product once…

Reporting adverse reactions to Covid-19 vaccines in New Zealand

A vaccination programme using the Pfizer/BioNtech mRNA Covid-19 vaccine “COMIRNATY” began in New Zealand on February 20, 2021 with border workers [1] and health professionals who work in South Auckland [2] being the first to be offered a jab. If mainstream media were your only source of information on the vaccine, it would seem to…

Does the NZ datasheet for the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine (“COMIRNATY”) provide sufficient information to facilitate informed decision making?

Published 13 February 2021 Article at a glance Introduction On February 3, 2021, NZ’s pharmaceutical medicines regulator, Medsafe, gave provisional approval for Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine “COMIRNATY” to be used in NZ and published a datasheet for the vaccine on its website.  The vaccine was given provisional approval even though a major clinical trial of the…

Is Ivermectin the “miracle drug” that could end the Covid-19 pandemic?

The emergence of SARS-CoV-2 has caused massive disruption to most people’s lives – and loss of life around the world from Covid-19.  However, one of the positives of the pandemic has been the dedicated research into ways to prevent and treat this new viral infection; research which has encompassed nutrients such as vitamins C and…

New Zealand and Australia Covid-19 vaccine Q&A

There are likely to be Covid-19 vaccines available in New Zealand and Australia as early as March 2021. Basic information about these vaccines is presented below in a Q&A format.  NB: References and notes may be found at the end of this article. Q:  Covid-19 is caused by a coronavirus known as “SARS-CoV-2”.  Have vaccines…