New Zealand’s ‘COVID Zero’ approach succeeds in its so-called failure - André Picard
2021-10-12 from theglobeandmail.com
New Zealand is not a pandemic failure. Far from it.
The tiny island country has been getting a lot of grief in recent days for abandoning its much-ballyhooed “COVID Zero” strategy – but it hasn’t exactly thrown in the towel.
While Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has conceded that, given the infectiousness of the Delta variant and random cases seemingly popping out of nowhere, having zero cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand is no longer a realistic prospect.
But when there is a case – and there were an “alarming” 35 of them on Monday – the country will continue its merciless contact tracing to ensure outbreaks are small, contained and brief.
Essentially, the philosophy has evolved (or devolved) from elimination to suppression.
While that shift is subtle – almost semantic – it has caused a great deal of angst.
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