For a while there we were first, or nearly first in the world for our response to Covid-19.
That relatively relatively few people contracted the disease, relatively few died from it is cause for congratulations.
We were also going to be first in the queue for vaccines but the slow roll-out is putting us well down the success-list and there is a human and economic cost to that.
Dr Gorman said without widespread vaccination we remain “isolated”.
“Yes there is an argument that vaccination has most application in countries with rampant disease, but there’s an equally strong argument we’re like a shag on a rock, and we’ll be a shag on a rock until we’re vaccinated, and our economy suffers. The next GFC, the next earthquake in Christchurch, we can’t buffer it.”
From success to shags because once more the government has shown it’s much better at announcing than delivering.