On October 12, 2020, the government signed an agreement with Pfizer and BioNTech to purchase 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccines. The COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy Task Force is also negotiating vaccines with other pharmaceutical companies. In addition, the government has created a $66.3 million fund to support a COVID-19 vaccination program as soon as the vaccine is ready.  The coalition agreement between the Labour Party and New Zealand First was published today and sets out the political plans for the new government. Among the major parts of the trust and care agreement between the Green Party and labour are: on 26 July, childminders at the New Zealand Institute of Education voted to adopt an agreement with the Ministry of Education that puts the remuneration of educators on an equal footing with primary and secondary school teachers. Early childhood teachers will receive a salary increase of at least 18.5% by July 2020, NZEI members will receive a lump sum of $1500, and there will be an increase in stipends for school principals and head teachers.   She spent the weekend with her advisers and the kitchen office to allocate portfolios and pinpoint details of coalition contracts. She will only be sworn in on Thursday as prime minister, that is, with restraint. On September 13, 2019, Prime Minister Ardern and Police Minister Nash announced that the government would introduce gun legislation in late September. The new bill would establish an online gun registry to stop the flow of guns to criminal hells. The opposition National Party, which had seen a bill leaked the previous month, and gun lobby groups said the law would harm gun owners and gun clubs.    The Government`s Arms Act passed its first reading. Labour, the Greens and NZ First supported the bill, but it was rejected by the National Parties and ACT.
  On July 29, Megan Woods, Minister of Housing, announced that New Zealanders who temporarily enter the country and most temporary visa holders, with the exception of family members of citizens who were not responsible, had to pay diplomats or those who were here for the Christchurch mosque trial for their 14-day solitary confinement stay. Isolation stays cost $3,100 ($2,050) for the first adult in each hotel room, $950 for each additional adult and $475 for each child who shares the room. However, New Zealanders who return home permanently are exempt from these fees. While the Labour and Green parties supported the new verdict, New Zealand First and the opposition National Party argued that the charge would apply to all travellers entering the country.   In mid-January 2019, Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford admitted that the government could not meet its goal of building 1,000 KiwiBuild homes by July 1, with only 33 homes built by January 23. The minister estimated that the government could build only 300 homes by July 1.   The same month, it was reported that KiwiBuild chief Stephen Barclay resigned following disagreements with the Housing Minister and criticism from housing and urban development employees about his leadership and management. . . .