Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand is considering a new bubble where more people will be receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says her government is investigating a number of travel “bugs” and is leading trade delegates by the end of this year to connect with a plague-prone country.
With many New Zealanders receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and vaccinating more people to start in July, Ardern said Thursday that his government is now ready to reunite with the rest of the world.
Ardern’s plan to reopen a gradual reopening comes a year after the closure, which has helped New Zealand – a Pacific nation of five million people – eradicate coronavirus within its borders.
The first step in reopening New Zealand was “flow bubble“It’s Australia, which started last month.
Ardern said his government would allow for the distribution of free travel allowances in the Cook Islands in the South Pacific on Monday.
“In this region, where vaccines are being exported to New Zealand are inadequate, the countries where we can successfully open up are few,” the Prime Minister said in a budget speech in Auckland.
“This is because they have to have the same responsibilities as us, or put the same risk of bringing COVID into this country.
“Niue is the next natural follower. “Furthermore, we have an open mind, and I hope there will be other countries with which we can explore opportunities,” he said.
More than 70,000 people have arrived in New Zealand from Australia since the airline opened last month, and more than 57,000 have traveled the other way, Ardern said.
However, he found that the vaccine released in New Zealand was inadequate and that the number of countries that could open up to it was insufficient.
The government plans to provide more than $ 1 million in COVID-19 jab by June, Ardern said, adding that it is expanding the program for everyone in New Zealand over the age of 16 by July.
The Prime Minister also announced that he will lead a trade and promotion team in Australia in early July, for the first time since the release of COVID-19 and should also lead delegates to Europe, the United States, China and Asia-Pacific.
“These trips may not have been very popular before COVID, but they are very important in light of the domestic events we have been experiencing, as well as the ongoing global events,” Ardern said.