COVID-19 vaccination in Africa is speeding up.
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In Africa, it’s more rational to prioritise vaccine access, rapid rollout and community engagement, than pushing the narrative of vaccine-induced population immunity.
The best hope of beating the pandemic is to vaccinate as many people as soon as possible.
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When politicians and others speak about herd immunity, unfortunately, they are under the misconception that the current tools that we’ve got are adequate to eliminate the virus.
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People in Canterbury have been told to be patient as their vaccination is delayed by weeks, but regional disparities in the vaccine rollout are unacceptable as we face new COVID-19 variants.
New Zealand’s chief science advisor Dame Juliet Gerrard receiving her first vaccination dose.
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New Zealand will have to vaccinate 80-85% to reach population immunity. Until then, a blanket border re-opening, even if only for vaccinated people, would pose a high risk of new outbreaks.