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New Zealand has ordered 15m courses of Covid-19 vaccine from four providers as the country approaches the end of 2020 on a promising note, with a recovering economy and plans to open numerous travel corridors in the new year.

On Thursday, the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, confirmed the treatment would be free for everyone, with health workers and border officials prioritised. The vaccine will be made available in the second quarter of next year.

Related: Ardern unveils New Zealand Covid vaccine deals as economy rebounds

Everything we know about the new cases in Sydney, Australia from my colleagues Naaman Zhou and Ben Smee:

New South Wales has recorded an additional two cases of Covid-19 on Sydney’s northern beaches, only a day after two mystery cases were first diagnosed in the area.

Related: Coronavirus NSW: two new Covid cases brings local transmission total to five

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