At least 85% of New Zealand population should be vaccinated before border rules can be relaxed

A NZ Herald article.

New Zealand will have to maintain some border controls and public health measures until a high proportion of the population is vaccinated, according to our latest modelling study, released today as a pre-print ahead of peer review.

For the Alpha variant of Covid-19, our model estimates around 80-85 per cent of the population would need to be vaccinated before we can completely relax controls. For the more transmissible Delta strain, which is currently causing problems even in parts of the world with high vaccine coverage, we would need to reach 97 per cent of the population.

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