The COVID-zero strategy may be past its use-by date, but New Zealand still has a vaccination advantage
In a new article on The Conversation, University of Canterbury’s Professor Michael Plank explains why we have to work together to community transmission low until we have higher vaccination rates.
These cases suggest there is a significant amount of undetected community transmission, and that makes it much harder to stamp out.
While the slight easing of restrictions announced yesterday may or may not accelerate the growth in cases, it is unlikely to slow it. This has led to some debate about whether the government has abandoned its elimination strategy in favour of suppression of cases.
To some extent this is a semantic argument. Elimination has been defined as “zero tolerance” for community transmission, as opposed to zero cases. The fact that New Zealand was able to get to zero cases for much of the past 18 months has inevitably come to define what elimination has meant in practice.