Sumary of Kiwis need to lift their game if travel between New Zealand and Australia is to reopen, experts warn:
- Darren CartwrightNCA NewsWireCamera IconNot Supplied Credit: News Corp AustraliaShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail UsCopy the LinkThe trans-Tasman travel bubble should not freely reopen when international flights resume unless New Zealand is in step with Australia’s vaccination rates, experts have warned.
- However, the Kiwi rollout is lagging several per cent behind Australia, which has set vaccination benchmarks, under the Doherty report, of 70 per and 80 per cent for the easing of restrictions and the potential resumption of international flights.
- Camera IconThe latest data according to Our World Data shows Australia a few percentage points ahead of NZ for fully vaccinated adults (until August 25).
- Our World Data Credit: NCA NewsWireThe latest Our World in Data report, released on Tuesday, showed that 74.3 per cent of Singapore’s population had been fully vaccinated, while Australia was well behind at 25.3 per cent and New Zealand with just 21.8 per cent.
- While NSW and Victoria are under curfews, all of New Zealand is under strict lockdown until at least August 31.Immunisation Coalition chair Rod Pearce said the same rules that apply for Australia easing restrictions and reopening borders should apply to New Zealand residents if travel is to resume in both directions across the Tasman.
- Camera IconImmunisation Coalition chair Rod Pearce said it would make sense for New Zealand to be at 80 per cent fully vaccinated before we fully reopen the border.