Getty ImagesKey FactsThe Auckland reopening is part of a broader shift in approach for New Zealand that includes ditching lockdowns in favor of vaccine requirements. TangentDespite the broader success of New Zealand’s vaccine rollout, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her government have faced some criticism over the lower vaccination rates among the indigenous Maori community. However, in October, in the midst of a persistent delta variant outbreak, Ardern announced that New Zealand’s zero-Covid approach was no longer feasible. Unlike other nations like Singapore and the U.K. which have also chosen a ‘living with the virus’ approach, New Zealand has been much more circumspect in rolling back restrictions. It is still unclear what impact the omicron variant will have on New Zealand’s strategy as it prepares to reopen its border to international visitors sometime next year.
Source: Forbes December 03, 2021 23:20 UTC