Preparing for the next pandemic to avoid early national lockdowns should be a no-brainer, says Newsroom. Although aware of the possibility of a SARS-like virus or another pandemic virus, New Zealand’s public health leaders have acknowledged that they made up our response to Covid-19 “on the fly”. Another pandemic is inevitable and the timing is unpredictable, so it should be an urgent priority. Taiwan’s response is a key example of Covid-19 being contained until vaccination rollout without hard national lockdowns.