COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins unveiled a graph showing that second vaccine doses would be given before first jabs.
A Ministry of Health staffer then tried to stop information about the graph being released to journalists by claiming the numbers were commercially sensitive.
The Ministry of Health missed its deadline to release information about the baffling graph under the Official Information Act, and RNZ complained to the Ombudsman.
RNZ can now reveal Ministry of Health officials were as perplexed by the graph as the public were when Chris Hipkins unveiled it at a 17 March press conference.
Hipkins initially told the public: “Today I have released a graph that shows the overall expected distribution of vaccine delivery throughout the course of the year. It’s important to note that we have to sequence to coincide with deliveries to make sure we don’t run out at any points during the year, and we’ve worked through that very carefully,” he said.
But the graph made no sense and sparked a flurry of criticism, with one data journalist describing it as “lines drawn by a graphic designer dressed up as actual data” and “effectively a sketch”.
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