Many of those caught in the Delta outbreak were not vaccinated as they were not yet eligible, RNZ reports. The revelation is unsurprising given prior to the outbreak most people under the age of 50 were blocked from booking an appointment. New Zealand’s vaccination programme has been staggeringly slow by international standards, among the last in the developed world. The sluggish pace is in part due to deliberate decisions by the government; ministers chose not to follow other countries in rushing the vaccine approval processes, instead allowing regulator Medsafe to carry out a months-long rigorous assessment.
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