Manatū Hauora – the Ministry of Health is today publishing the Aotearoa New Zealand Strategic Framework for Managing COVID-19 which sets out how the Government will continue to protect New Zealanders from the impacts of the virus.
Globally, Aotearoa New Zealand’s COVID-19 response has been regarded as a success. We have a high vaccination rate, with 90% of the population over 12 years having completed a primary course of COVID-19 vaccination.
We also have one of the OECD’s lowest COVID-19 death rates, at 558 deaths per million people, compared with Australia (791), Singapore (305), South Korea (669), and the United Kingdom (3,345).
Over the course of the pandemic, our strategy has shifted to make sure our response was the right size to meet the challenges of the changing virus, from elimination to minimisation to protection.