New Zealand is locked for “most of the year”

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is suspending travel to and from her country as long as the vaccine is not sufficiently rolled out. It has already been shown that the majority of the population will not be vaccinated until the second half of 2021.

“Given the risks in the world around us, and uncertainty about the global rollout of the vaccine, we expect our borders to be impacted for most of the year,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a news conference Tuesday. .

In concrete terms, it means that travel to and from the country of the kiwis is not possible for the time being. However, New Zealand will again make travel arrangements with neighboring countries such as Australia and some Pacific islands to form closed “travel bubbles”. “The rest of the world is simply too much of a risk to our health and our economy to take risks at this stage,” Ardern added.

In New Zealand, the roll-out of the vaccinations has not yet started. Previously, the first vaccines were expected to arrive in the country by the end of the first quarter. Most of the population would not be vaccinated until the second half of the year. The pressure is now being increased as the country reported the first case of the corona virus in months the day before yesterday. It concerned a 56-year-old woman who returned from a trip to Spain and the Netherlands.


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