WELLINGTON, Nov 22 (Reuters) - New Zealand will adopt a new system of living with the coronavirus virus from Dec. 3, which will end tough restrictions and allow businesses to operate in its biggest city, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday.
New Zealand remained largely COVID-19 free until August but has been unable to beat an outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant, forcing Ardern to abandon an elimination strategy and switch to treating the virus as endemic.
Its biggest city Auckland has been in lockdown for over 90 days, although some measures were eased recently.
“If you get behind the wheel of a car and drive twice the speed, you are putting other people’s lives at risk. You don’t have the right to do that,” she said.
“You are not being discriminated against. You choose to do something that puts other people’s lives at risk. You will be held accountable for that.
“People who don’t get the vaccine have a choice. We all get a choice … You’re making a choice that means you’re more likely to get Covid-19 and spread it, that is your choice, that is your right.
“Having the freedom to choose isn’t the same as having the freedom to avoid the consequences of that choice. You have freedom to make a choice, but if you make a choice, those choices have consequences.
“But you don’t get to decide how the rest of Australia responds to that choice … We have to put others before ourselves.
“Being held accountable for your own actions isn’t called discrimination, it’s called being, you wouldn’t believe it - a goddamn bloody adult.”
[/URL]New Zealand will adopt a new system of living with Covid-19 from Dec. 3, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a statement on Monday.www.nbcnews.com
Phys.org has an article called "Study finds gradual increase in Covid infection risks after second vaccine dose" and "We might not know half of what is in our cells-AI" I forget the rest. This is all very new, mind you-and medical research generates retractions like nothing else. But even with trajectories of asteroids-what with sunlight...even simple Newtonian physics may have to be tweaked...as in Mercury's orbit by Einstein. And ballistics are simple compared with medicine...which needs personalization..with virus research forced off world. Genetics-not atomics-may be the answer to the Fermi paradox-with SARS-CoV-2 perhaps gain-of-function's Challenger Moment. Who is its Feynman? And who is it's Ed Tellar?I am surprised at the number of people I know who have been offered the covid booster jab but are still hesitating over having it. I certainly took up mine straight away once I was offered it.