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No vaccine has gone from the drawing board to being proven highly effective in such a short period of time.
The vaccine has been tested on 43,500 people in six countries and no safety concerns have been raised.
Some unknowns remain, however, including how long its protective effect might last.
Professor Graham Le Gros, director of Wellington’s Malaghan Institute, said the trial on 43,500 people was carried out at 120 sites around the world and had covered different ethniticies.
Though it was a very good test, vaccines usually need several years of making sure nothing occurs, he said.
“We don’t know whether it stops spread, we don’t know a few other things yet, we just know that people didn’t get sick.
“We know that it should be safe, up ’til now, and we know that it seems to be effective at the best rates that we can expect for a vaccine.
“How long that protective immunity will last for – we don’t know until a few years down the track.”
There will need to be several types of vaccines tried out in global population because it’s not clear yet how long their effect will last, he said.
Although, returning Kiwis are providing a sugar hit to the economy we did not predict.
We have stated that immigration provides poor long term economic growth and can lower wages and living standards.
Will NZ have enough money to wait out the availability of a vaccine which is proven to be safer than catching the virus?
Or will the money last just long enough for Adern to hand over to Robertson and sail off into the international sunset?