Although the success of New Zealand in the fight against the virus COVID-19 has allowed it to lift restrictions on everyday life, its borders may remain closed for most of 2021.

According to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, this is due to uncertainty surrounding the global launch of vaccines against the virus, as she noted at a press conference. Regulatory approval could be given for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine as early as next week, although the first vaccines are expected to arrive in the country by the end of the first quarter.

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Mass immunization should not start until mid-year. Ardern also confirmed that the country will continue to pursue travel bubbles with neighboring Australia and other Pacific Rim nations.

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While the closed borders are negatively affecting the country's tourism industry, his government feels that opening up to the rest of the world poses too great a risk at this stage. “For the journey to start again, we need one of two things,” Ardern said. “We need confidence that being vaccinated means not passing COVID-19 to others, or we need enough of our population to be vaccinated and protected so that people can safely re-enter New Zealand.” Both possibilities will take some time.”

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, New Zealand has had 1,934 confirmed cases of the virus and 25 deaths among its population of five million, thanks to its stringent measures. Australia allowed non-quarantine travel for New Zealanders last year but suspended it for 72 hours when the community's first case of COVID-19 in months was revealed. It involved a woman who returned to New Zealand on December 30, and tested positive for the South African strain of the virus after leaving a mandatory two-week quarantine.

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