Dawn Chorus: The PM's frustrating quest for optionality

Ardern again sidesteps quest for hard vaccination threshold; potential remains for lockdowns well into New Year if Govt waits for less-vaccinated communities to catch up, which PM indicates she might

TLDR & TLDL: PM Jacinda Ardern is continuing to shy away from setting a tangible vaccination threshold for reopening in Auckland and the rest of the country, which is frustrating many now shorn of elimination as a beacon of hope on the horizon.

Ardern’s deliberate strategy of retaining optionality with the Government’s moves when dealing with Covid-19 and considering opening up is increasingly frustrating to many. Photo: Lynn Grieveson/TheKaka

As Australia emerges from its restrictions in the coming weeks, Aotearoa-NZ could remain in lockdown until Christmas, or even beyond if the Government makes everyone wait for 90%-plus vaccination rates among the most-difficult-to reach groups in South and West Auckland, and in provincial areas.

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