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Why Israel Demonstrates That Fortress New Zealand Must Stand Strong

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Over the past few months, I’ve heard multiple people pushing Israel as a model for where they want New Zealand to go – big vaccination campaign, followed by prominent rollback for lockdown and other restrictions, getting back toward Old Normal relatively swiftly.

Over the past few months, I’ve heard multiple people pushing Israel as a model for where they want New Zealand to go – big vaccination campaign, followed by prominent rollback for lockdown and other restrictions, getting back toward Old Normal relatively swiftly.

There’s no denying that Israel was pretty impressive in its efforts to get vaccines, and get vaccines into its citizenry – that’s partially how it secured the access it did, by agreeing to be a ‘human trial’ of sorts.

However, with nearly 70% of their population vaccinated … this is what their situation looks like at present. Daily new infections are significantly *up*. Now, you’ll be told “oh yeah, that’s now what we expect .. so stop focusing on the daily new infections – hospitalizations and deaths will tell a different story!”

So handily … daily deaths are on the right. They’re down, sure. But still *well* into the double-digits (55 yesterday, for instance). And both infections and deaths have taken a slight dip in response to Israel *rolling back out* various restrictions.

Personally, I’m looking forward to the end of Lockdown here – however, that’s something made possible by an Elimination strategy which has proven its effectiveness time and time again.

It isn’t something guaranteed by vaccination – although vaccination is still very useful and to be encouraged as an additional firebreak for if and when something goes awry at the border.

If we HAD adopted “the Israeli model”, and were as well vaccinated as they are – we’d not be living as freely as we have been for most of the past year, nor as freely as we’re going to be in a few weeks’ time.

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And the same columnists currently demanding that we imitate New South Wales or wherever, would be baying for the blood of our Government, claiming that they’d personally been responsible for the deaths of several dozen people plus yesterday alone.

Permanent sealing off of New Zealand from the rest of the world isn’t what I’m advocating for here – although honestly, the more one sees of how dire things are out there, the less unappealing an option it would appear to be, relatively speaking.

But while we wait for science to come up with better and more enduring solutions than those presently available to us … I think that Fortress New Zealand must continue to stand.

It is, seemingly, an approach which continues to be vindicated on a day-in day-out basis.

Regardless of what certain talking-heads overseas desperate for us to descend down to their level of failure may so happen to shriek in our general direction.

Source: Setting The Agenda – The Daily Blog https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2021/09/10/why-israel-demonstrates-that-fortress-new-zealand-must-stand-strong/

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