Europe is once again the centre of the global pandemic, says The Spinoff. While Europe’s situation isn’t yet a warning of New Zealand’s vaccinated future, it is a sign that complacency and large unvaccinated populations aren’t a good mixture. “The [WHO] is warning about potentially half a million deaths in a region that has access to vaccinations in the same way we do,” says Aotearoa’s PM Jacinda Ardern. “And, in parts of Europe, there are vaccination levels we would consider high that are moving into lockdown. We need to continue to listen to the best research and advice possible.”