New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern: The priority now is to vaccinate the entire population
Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s prime minister, has announced that the country’s borders will remain closed at least until the end of the year because the priority now is to vaccinate the entire population and keep economic activities open. BBC reports it.
New Zealand is one of the countries that has managed the coronavirus pandemic best, with just 26 deaths out of a population of just under five million people.
“We are simply not able to fully reopen yet,” Ardern said, speaking at a forum dedicated to “reconnecting New Zealand to the world.” The prime minister also predicted that when the country reopens next year, vaccinated travelers from low-risk areas will be able to enter without being quarantined, while other risks will have to isolate themselves or stay in quarantine for 14 days.
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