Kia ora koutou,
Here at the Ministry, we are constantly reviewing what we’ve learned from each outbreak or cluster to help us prepare for any future incursions of the virus.
We have a huge work programme around COVID-19. This includes delivering a sustainable surveillance and testing strategy for New Zealand, working with DHBs to support a dedicated workforce for managed isolation and quarantine facilities, addressing psychosocial issues, rapid ongoing review of policy settings, and preparing to deliver a vaccine when a safe and effective option arrives.
I greatly appreciate the feedback we get about what’s happening on the ground around the motu, including key issues and concerns, as well as new ideas and approaches. Please keep them coming!
Thank you for your insights, your mahi and support as we help New Zealand respond to COVID-19.
Ngā mihi nui
Dr Ashley Bloomfield
Director-General of Health
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