Coronavirus: Sir John Key says business response to COVID-19 plan is “overwhelmingly positive”, dismisses criticism from “Twitter”
Sir John said on Friday that businesses would agree with him that “at the end of the day we have to learn to live with COVID” and that more carrot and stick are needed to get people to get vaccinated Meanwhile.
He also wants the private sector to become more engaged in things like MIQ facilities, saliva testing, and tracking and tracing. Abroad, he said, private companies are working closely with governments and “the results and the results are better.”
Sir John said he has heard business leaders get “a pretty decent engagement from the Prime Minister” but run into a brick wall when they “step into the bureaucracy”.
“It’s really about making sure that we collectively hold hands and embrace ideas, and we’re not afraid that even if someone makes a dollar of it because I tell you what, it could save us a hell of a lot more dollars that we are spending to support the economy when we can no longer function as before. ”
He admitted to having thought at the start of the pandemic that “we would deal with it fairly quickly” and find a solution to ensure a return to normalcy.
“I think, if anything, now that we’ve all learned that it’s a lot more complicated, not easy to handle, has a lot of twists and turns down the road.”
While he believes that with the right mix of vaccines, other medical treatments, and an investment in healthcare, “we can deal with COVID-19”, we will be faced with a new way of doing business “during some time “.
“I think we all have to be realistic about this.”
National, the party led by Sir John, released its COVID-19 plan on Wednesday, setting vaccination targets for restarting international travel and ending lockdowns.
In response to National’s claims that the government has no plan to reopen, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and other ministers pointed to the Reconnecting New Zealanders document released in August.
This sets out the steps for traveling when there is “high immunization coverage”, but does not provide specific dates or goals. Part of this is an attempt for around 150 businessmen and government officials to isolate at home rather than in MIQs after returning to New Zealand. It was announced this week that it will start later this month.
The government has said it wants to see New Zealand surpass the 90% vaccine mark before lockdowns and other severe restrictions become a thing of the past. As of Saturday, 46% of the eligible population aged 12 and over is fully vaccinated, while 78% received their first dose.