Dr. Simon: New Zealand Remains Restricted Despite a 95% Vaccination Rate

In September 2021, New Zealand’s PM and WEF Young Global Leader Jacinda Ardern said that “vaccination is the golden ticket to freedom” (https://i.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/300416052/covid19-live-pm-jacinda-ardern-says-vaccination-is-the-golden-ticket-to-freedom). More than 6 months later, 95% of the population above 12 are fully vaccinated, whereof 72% are boostered. And yet, Ardern now announced that the population will remain in captivity as cases are still high (Covid-19 Omicron: New Zealand to remain at red traffic light setting, PM Jacinda Ardern announces – NZ Herald). Klaus Schwab will be proud of her.

Dr. Simon

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Mark Skidmore is Professor of Economics at Michigan State University where he holds the Morris Chair in State and Local Government Finance and Policy. His research focuses on topics in public finance, regional economics, and the economics of natural disasters. Mark created the Lighthouse Economics website and blog to share economic research and information relevant for navigating tumultuous times.

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