Germans will be “vaccinated, cured or dead” by the end of the winter, according to the Minister of Health
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New Zealand is set to introduce a new “traffic light” system that will significantly ease restrictions on those vaccinated from December 3.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Monday that the whole country, including Auckland, will move under the new framework which will be based on vaccination certificates.
Ardern urged people to download the vaccine certificate, which will become essential for people to be able to move around freely.
“Vaccine passes will work through the traffic light system and if you are not vaccinated you will not be able to access a range of services,” Ardern said.
“The hard truth is that Delta is here and it’s not going to go away. And while no country has been able to wipe out Delta completely once it has arrived, New Zealand is in a better position. than most to deal with it due to our high vaccination rate and the safety measures in the traffic light system. “
The announcement was eagerly awaited, especially for Aucklanders who have been living under strict lockdowns since August, after the discovery of the first community case of the Delta variant.
New Zealand abandoned its ‘zero-Covid’ strategy in October, but kept its largest city Auckland under restrictions as vaccination rates rose.
The government initially said it wanted 90% of the eligible population to be fully immunized before switching to the new system. The health ministry said it was on track to meet this target by early December.
Already 83% of New Zealand’s eligible population is fully vaccinated, while 91% have received their first dose, according to the ministry.
The government issued vaccination warrants in certain sectors for frontline health and education workers, which led to protests in Auckland and Wellington.
Monday’s announcement comes as 205 community cases have been recorded – the fourth highest daily number of cases since the start of the pandemic.
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