There's all sorts of wrong with this, we're first in line we were told. While I didn't expect us to be and nor should we - but I do ask why are we in this position now?
Astrazenica delivering nothing (possibly a good thing in hindsight?) and Pfizer delivering slowly due to NZL having the pandemic under control. One thing that really grinds me gears was the way that Pfizer was suddenly able to deliver an extra million doses to Australia (a country that under-ordered Pfizer, substantially weighting their vaccine rollout in favor of another manufacturers vaccine) after a previous Prime Minister gave their CEO a phone call. Where do those one million doses come from? Presumably other countries that the company deems to be a lower priority (IE NZL - though I don't believe our Pfizer deliveries have been impacted thus far).
One thing I'm not clear on is what's the status of the vaccines the government ordered from other manufacturers. Vaccines from Moderna, Janssen, Novavax and AZ etc were ordered. I assume that the AZ ones will go to covax, presumably the others are intended as booster shots? We've got a lot more on order than what our Pacific Neighbours need.
Meanwhile I've got friends in Europe, holidaying offshore, going to large events, not living in fear of an outbreak and lockdown, doing business with more confidence.
A few weeks ago I was feeling jealous of a friend's IG photos from the beach in Cadiz. Then I remembered he had lost three grandparents in the last year or so due to corona and had a parent who seems to be suffering a lot from Long Covid.
Is it an unrealistic statement to say the border could still be closed in 12 months?
Probably depends on whether or not vaccine resistant strains pop up, no?
In the UK some EssayJet cabin crew were trained to be vaccinations, could the NZDF personal be better used to speed up vaccinations. The. Once we open MIQ in an month or two we wouldn’t have to worry about MIQ out breaks as much.
In the Briefing yesterday or the day prior, Dr Bloomfield said that there were hundreds of sites (primarily GP's practices) that were being setup/trained ahead of coming online in the next fortnight or so. This should help capacity a lot, as with the decision to space the vaccinations out to an eight week gap.
The fact that we seem to be breaking vaccination records each day of the past week is a good sign that lots more capacity is coming online aswell as vaccines available. It was mentioned in today's briefing that NZL also has one of the lowest vaccine wastage rates in the world.
Auckland’s Team of 1.5million, didn’t ask to be used as New Zealand primary MIQ hub. We have been put at risk more than any other part of the country, having the main international airport and the majority of the MIQ Hotels. I’m sure we spilt international arrivals 50/50 with CHC they wouldn’t like it.
Among claims that overseas tourism has had a much smaller effect on the NZ economy then economists had previously thought.
I think it's pretty clear that it is a much smaller part of the economy than what most people thought. We were repeatedly and loudly told last year that the universe would stop spinning and and that the country's economy would implode with the borders closed. Turns out that was emphatically wrong.
We decided to stick with a single Vaccine (which I think long term will pay off)
Why is a single vaccine better than multiple ones? Honest question. My understanding is that Pfizer is the most effective one one the market, but why does only using one yield benefits long term?
It's scary to suggest not all of these new daily cases are household contacts and some cases have been spread from person to person in the community since lockdown started. Dr Bloomfield also indicated we're in for another bigger day. Indications were the numbers would flatten and start to drop from mid week but it's potentially not doing that.
Having a look at the list, they're all basically supermarkets and service stations.
- Caltex Blockhouse Bay
- Countdown Westgate X2
- Wellesley Student Accommodation
- Auckland Domestic Airport (in the grace period)
- Pak N Save Kilbirnie
- PAK'nSAVE Westgate
- New World New Lynnhttps://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/dis ... s-interest
Bringing this back to aviation, I do wonder if the two day grace period allowing people to travel home was a good idea. Someone infected traveled on ZK-NNC from AKL-WLG and that appears to be the only reason for the sub-cluster in Wellington. I don't believe anyone was infected on the flight? On the other hand, forcing tourists/domestic travelers to stay in whatever town/city they're currently in for an indefinite period of time (racking up a big hotel/motel bill in many cases) would probably be an effective way to kill the domestic tourism industry.
I'll assume that the experts made a more informed decision about the tradeoff than my ponderings.