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New Zealand government’s pivot from Covid elimination ‘surprised’ top health experts

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A number of epidemiologists and public health experts who have been central to helping chart and communicate New Zealand’s Covid response thus far say they were taken by surprise by its new direction, and not consulte...

How New Zealand snookered itself by calling time on its Covid elimination strategy

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The New Zealand government called time on its world-leading Covid-19 elimination strategy on Monday, announcing a suite of measures that grant Aucklanders greater freedom after seven weeks of community transmission, d...

By ending Covid elimination, Jacinda Ardern once again fails to turn compassion into policy

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And so with that, a confusing 20-minute monologue in the Beehive theatrette, New Zealand’s virus-beating elimination strategy is over. As the Delta variant’s “tentacles”, to borrow the prime minister’s description, cr...

Anger and grief: New Zealanders fearful as Covid elimination strategy ends

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New Zealanders are grieving for the end of the country’s Covid elimination strategy and anxious about what the future holds, a day after prime minister Jacinda Ardern announced the country would switch to a suppressio...

‘Big questions’: New Zealand Covid minister raises doubts about elimination strategy

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The arrival of the Delta strain in New Zealand has prompted the country’s Covid-19 response minister to question the efficacy of its ambitious elimination strategy – an approach that has been the backbone of the count...

Sticking to a Covid-19 elimination strategy keeps New Zealand’s options open

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Aotearoa New Zealand’s new national strategy for loosening border restrictions closely follows scientific advice from an expert panel that was specifically asked to advise on the future of New Zealand’s elimination st...

New Zealand to pursue Covid elimination strategy indefinitely, says Ardern

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New Zealand will continue to pursue its ambitious Covid-19 elimination strategy indefinitely, Jacinda Ardern has said, adding that borders would never be the same as she laid out plans for a cautious, phased, reopenin...

How elimination versus suppression became Covid’s cold war

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A year ago, when the World Health Organization published a report showing that China had shut down a highly contagious virus in a city of 11 million people, epidemiologist Michael Baker assumed that the international ...