• Vaccination centres at universities with consideration of “cash or voucher incentives”, churches, outside nightclubs.
• Establishing a rangatahi advisory group to reach young Māori, going door-to-door in high-risk communities, and commissioning behavioural scientists to suss out the best incentives to lift coverage.
• Order Pfizer booster shots immediately, and mandate vaccinating healthcare workers.
• Mandatory daily saliva testing for border workers, those in MIQ, and workers in public hospitals. Ubiquitous rapid antigen testing by the middle of next year.
• Establishing a new pandemic agency Te Korowai Kōkiri, based in Manukau, and build purpose-built quarantine facilities near Auckland airport to open in early 2022.
• Fast-track building new hospital wards to increase bed capacity.
This whole thing is one big hot mess.
Firstly it admits that National would use level 4 lockdowns which is a joke because all Judith has been crowing about is how the Government can’t use level 4 lockdowns.
Secondly National intend to use this at a mere 70% vaccination rate. At 80% we get 7000 deaths and 60000 hospitalizations, I’ve got no idea if anyone has modeled 70% but my guess would be 10000 deaths?
If we look at the actual list, the Government is already doing most of these.
One area of righteous anger is over the lack of saliva testing, the Government should get its arse kicked over that.
In terms of a specially built MIQ facility, I’m in favour of this but the naked reality is that a 1500 room facility would take at least 2 years to build and I’m not sure how that gets Kiwis home for this Christmas.
This is a poorly thought out grab bag of ideas that feed people’s impatience but none of their actual safety.
As for David Seymour…
…At this point it’s hard to distinguish David from Bishop Brian & Billy TK.
The only solutions ACT and National are actually suggesting here is ‘let the market decide’ – if the people of New Zealand are so stupid as to vote for these fucking right wing morons, we deserve the carnage that follows.
New Zealand’s response to the Delta outbreak was indeed swift and severe as it gunned for total elimination of the virus.
Researchers looking across a range of countries and their different responses found those that pursued elimination rather than mitigation have not only had fewer deaths, but also better protection from economic fallout and over the span of the pandemic, less impact on the civil liberties of their people.
They found elimination-seeking countries like New Zealand, Australia, Iceland, Japan and South Korea have had around 25 times fewer Covid deaths than other OECD countries that went for ‘living with the virus’.
And across the OECD, economic growth is in the red – bar the five countries that chose elimination, for each of whom GDP growth had returned to pre-pandemic levels in early 2021.
Freedoms were also most severely impacted by countries who chose mitigation, as eschewing swift lockdown measures early on has often mean having tighter and longer lockdowns later on.
…I am confident that the majority of this nation see sense and see Jacinda’s leadership for the outstanding achievement that it is.
Yes I’m sick of lockdown. Yes it’s frustrating and infuriating and I’ve almost forgotten what eating out is like! Weed dealers should be essential services and I haven’t been laid since lockdown!
In short, IM FUCKING OVER IT!
But, I will not allow my cocktail of seething resentment and pent up anger sway me to what ACT or National are selling! I’m proud we have a Government that puts people before money and this crisis will pass!
Stay the course comrades, stay the course!
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