New Zealand launched a nationwide investigation into whether he made the right decisions during the early years of the pandemic of the COVID-19 and how you can best prepare for future pandemics.
The prime minister, jacinda ardernsaid Monday that the coronavirus raised the biggest threat to health and economy of the country from the Second World War. Now is the right time to examine the government’s response with a independent investigation of the highest levelhe pointed.
One of the issues discussed will be whether New Zealand adopted the initial strategy adequate by imposing strict lockdowns and controls of border quarantine to try to completely eliminate the virus in the country.
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Initially, the zero tolerance strategy was internationally recognized as a success because the New Zealand death rate remained well below from most other countries, and people were able to get on with their lives with normal.
Later, however, the drawbacks of that approach became clearer as prices rose. economic costs Y social. Some citizens suffered great delays in returning home due to overloading of quarantine centers.
The government later abandoned that strategy in October 2021when new and more contagious variants turned out to be impossible to contain and people had the opportunity to get vaccinated.
China is one of the few countries that maintains a zero tolerance policy. Experts say the strategy is unsustainable in the long term and that China has no exit plan.
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The Royal Commission of Inquiry of New Zealand will be led by Tony Blakely, an epidemiologist and professor based in Australia. Starting early next year, he will have 17 months to investigate and prepare a comprehensive report.
Ardern noted that it’s crucial to determine what worked in your response to help the country in the face of future pandemics.
“We did not have a manual to manage Covid, but as a country, we came together in an extraordinary way and saved lives and livelihoods”said.
The minister in charge of dealing with the pandemic, Ayesha Verrallsaid that one of the reasons was that having a prescriptive pandemic plansuch as the plan based on the flu that the country had before the appearance of the new disease, was not very helpful.
“I imagine that the lesson has been learned that looking only at the characteristics of a microbe is not going to be enough”, Verall said. “You have to have a much broader vision.”
(With information from AP)