Opinion: Matthew Lash, British columnist I write Telegraph. , Claiming that Jacinda Ardern is stuck in her “arrogant Zero Cove policy.”
Unfortunately, this claim is inaccurate and lacks proper research, which is ironic because the author is the head of research at the Adam Smith Institute.
There is no “poetic justice” in his article for the honest scholar Smith, to throw his offensive opening sentence at him.
Lash acknowledges that New Zealand’s economic growth has been high and deaths have been low during epidemics, but he downplays its importance as if it were only a 2020 event.
* We need a vaccination target to avoid lockdown, and we need that right now.
* ScoMo is correct. We cannot remain hidden forever.
* Quad 19: Matters between essential workers can signal the end of the elimination strategy.
First, through its elimination strategy, New Zealand is one of the lowest. Covid-19 World Mortality Rate – 5 deaths per million.
Compare that to the UK’s 1,961 deaths per million (August 20). If we followed the UK’s more licensed fair approach, there could have been more than 10,000 deaths instead of 26. New Zealand’s last cowardly 19 died in February 2021.
Second, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has named New Zealand as the best performing member state in response to COVED19, including economic performance.
And third, New Zealand’s elimination strategy has given us the highest level of freedom from lockdown in the OECD in the last 18 months, based on the Oxford Strength Index and the Economist Magazine’s Normalcy Index. Is based.
Lash is misleading in his description of New Zealand after the “Zero Cowed Strategy”. In fact, in its focus on community transmission, our elimination strategy is more practical. It acknowledges that we cannot keep the virus out of the country at all times, but if we do get an epidemic, we will seal it quickly to protect the public.
That’s why New Zealand went into national lockdown on August 17 as soon as it detected the onset of its first Delta Variant Cove 19 epidemic.
Genomic testing reveals that the virus was introduced by an infected passenger from New South Wales who arrived on 7 August.
Lash’s claim that Australia has seen an increase in daily cases despite a series of severe lockdowns is incorrect. Immediate strong lockdowns have largely eradicated the Delta’s various epidemics in the northern regions, as well as in the states of Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia (Tasmania has kept it completely out. Has succeeded).
Cases are on the rise, alarmingly in New South Wales. But, despite the protests of the Prime Minister, the reason for this is the slow reaction and very slow lockdown that enables the virus to spread. The ‘tough’ lockdown has worked in Australia. Is not loose.
It is dishonest to use our low vaccination rates to accuse Prime Minister Arden of having too little serious interest in protecting New Zealanders. Our vaccination rate is determined by the supply of vaccines that are difficult to control. As a small economy in the OECD, we have the advantage of less negotiations than the larger economies and countries like the United Kingdom that are developing vaccines.
In fact, we are comparing Australia’s huge economy to the fact that by the end of this year, every New Zealand adult has the opportunity to be fully vaccinated.
Furthermore, the ongoing national lockdown is hardly the attitude of a prime minister who has little serious interest in protecting New Zealanders.
Lash claims that New Zealand’s vaccination centers were closed due to the lockdown. This is rude. Recognizing that the capacity of our workforce will increase, the government suspended vaccinations for a day to allow the necessary testing centers to get up and running. We now have both vaccines and tests for Delta growing at the same time.
Once the population is fully vaccinated by the end of 2021, and we learn more about the implications of the various policy options, New Zealand will be well placed to continue its eradication strategy. Make informed choices about keeping, or at least show up. . Until then, we hope the country can continue to keep its options open.
When Adam Smith advocated his ‘hidden hand’ in market economies, we couldn’t believe that he imagined that the way Lash did it would throw objective and empirical evidence out the window. Will
Ian Powell, former executive director of the Association of Celestial Medical Specialists and Professor of Public Health Michael Baker, University of Otago, Wellington