One of the biggest concerns for NZ is how our underfunded NZ Public Health system will manage to stand up to any Covid influx.
It’s been cruelly underfunded for 35 years by neoliberalism and is being asked to perform a level of service beyond its capacity.
We have been lucky at the border, we have been lax with track and trace so our last line of defence, the poorly underfunded health system, is all that stands between us and full blown public health crisis.
America is having enormous problems rolling out its vaccinations, so are the UK and Europe and the recent history in NZ suggests we will also have major problems.
This is after all the same health service that screwed up the measles epidemic...
Christchurch GP Dr Hammond Williamson was not so optimistic.
He feared the roll-out would be a “disaster” as the Ministry of Health had provided little to no information about how it would work, and what would be expected of him and his colleagues.
Williamson worried the mistakes made in the distribution of the 2020 flu vaccine, which saw some clinics supplied with too few doses and others provided with too many, would be repeated with Covid-19.
“Communication about it was terrible. On the news repeatedly the public was told GPs had [the vaccines, but] they were delayed weeks and weeks,” he said.
…with the new mutations of Covid so much more contagious and with the math telling us that for every 1000 infected through MIQ, 1 will get through, our lax track and trace culture will see the first members of an outbreak presenting at hospital before it’s caught, and by then it will be in the community.
Lots of optimism about the vaccine overlooked the complexities of the roll out while undergoing an enormous surge in cases.
I just can’t see the borders opening until 2023 and that reality demands a bigger vision from the Government.
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