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Omicron Outbreak Would Move The Country To Red - Expert Reaction

Thursday, 20 January 2022, 5:23 pm | Science Media Centre

  The Prime Minister has announced if Omicron cases spread into the community, the country will move to the traffic light system's Red setting within 48 hours. Jacinda Ardern also mentioned there will be changes to the country's testing regime, ... More >>

Tongan Disaster Relief And Recovery – Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 18 January 2022, 5:39 pm | Science Media Centre

  Governments and aid agencies are preparing to offer support to Tonga following the weekend’s violent undersea volcano eruption and subsequent tsunami. Pictures from a New Zealand Defense Force surveillance flight show Tongan islands ... More >>

Tonga Undersea Eruption And Tsunami - Expert Reaction

Sunday, 16 January 2022, 6:50 am | Science Media Centre

A series of violent eruptions from submarine volcano Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha'apai have triggered towering ash plumes and destructive tsunami waves in Tonga. Full details are still emerging, with reports of flooding damage to buildings, loud explosions, ... More >>

Kid’s COVID Vaccines Roll Out – Expert Reaction

Friday, 14 January 2022, 4:21 pm | Science Media Centre

Younger children can receive two doses of the children’s version of the Pfizer vaccine Almost half a million New Zealand kids will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination from Monday , when criteria widen to include 5-11 year olds. As the roll-out progresses, ... More >>

NIWA’s Annual Climate Summary 2021 – Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 11 January 2022, 12:15 pm | Science Media Centre

  2021 was New Zealand’s warmest year on record, according to NIWA’s annual climate summary for 2021. Aotearoa New Zealand is becoming hotter, with seven of the past nine years among the warmest recorded, in a trend consistent with global ... More >>

The Plan To Keep Omicron Away From NZ Over Summer - Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 21 December 2021, 4:19 pm | Science Media Centre

  The government has announced changes to booster jabs, quarantine stays, and the border in an effort to keep Omicron out of the country. Covid-19 vaccine booster doses can now be booked four months after the second jab, down from six months ... More >>

Two New Vaccine Rollouts Lie Ahead - Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 21 December 2021, 10:25 am | Science Media Centre

  New frontiers in the Covid-19 vaccine rollout are opening up – vaccinating 5-11 year olds, and giving booster doses to protect against Omicron. Cabinet will announce today whether to shorten the six-month wait for the third Pfizer dose to ... More >>

Second ‘probable’ Death From Covid-19 Vaccine In NZ – Expert Reaction

Monday, 20 December 2021, 5:24 pm | Science Media Centre

  A 26-year-old man who died after his Covid-19 vaccine suffered myocarditis, a rare side effect of the jab, according to preliminary information. The Covid-19 Vaccine Independent Safety Monitoring Board said the heart inflammation condition ... More >>

The Rapid Rise Of Omicron – Expert Q&A

Thursday, 16 December 2021, 2:15 pm | Science Media Centre

The WHO has warned the Omicron Covid-19 variant is spreading at an “unprecedented rate” after being reported in 77 countries. Each day researchers are learning more about Omicron, with the WHO saying it is likely to outpace Delta . Early studies ... More >>

Covid-19 Testing Through The Traffic Light Summer – Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 14 December 2021, 12:27 pm | Science Media Centre

  Will the nation’s Covid-19 testing be able to keep up with Aucklanders leaving the city tomorrow, and much of the country spending New Year’s Eve in ‘Orange’? Rapid antigen tests will allow non-symptomatic people to get tested at pharmacies, ... More >>

Smoking To Be Outlawed For Future Generations – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 9 December 2021, 3:04 pm | Science Media Centre

The just-launched Smokefree 2025 Action Plan says people aged 14 when a new law comes into effect will never be able to legally purchase tobacco, with the age rising each year. The changes will mean only tobacco products with very low levels of nicotine ... More >>

Preliminary Results From Pfizer/BioNTech Suggest A Third Booster Dose May Be Able To Stop The Omicron Variant.

Thursday, 9 December 2021, 9:43 am | Science Media Centre

According to their press release, people who had received a booster jab neutralised the Omicron variant to levels comparable to those observed for earlier variants after two doses. The SMC asked experts to comment on the press release announcement. Lesley ... More >>

Booster Jab Shows Promise Against Omicron – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 9 December 2021, 9:08 am | Science Media Centre

Preliminary lab results from Pfizer/BioNTech suggest a third booster dose of their mRNA vaccine may be able to stop the Omicron variant in its tracks. According to their press release, people who had received a booster jab neutralised the Omicron ... More >>

Preparing For A Covid Summer – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 8 December 2021, 1:44 pm | Science Media Centre

  The country is preparing for another major shift in how it manages COVID-19, with Auckland able to interact with the rest of the country in a week’s time. What might it look like when Auckland’s domestic boundary lifts next week and – given ... More >>

Previous Covid-19 Infection May Not Protect Against Omicron – Expert Reaction

Friday, 3 December 2021, 5:04 pm | Science Media Centre

Early research from South Africa suggests the Omicron variant may carry a higher reinfection risk compared to the Beta and Delta variants. Researchers looked at the data of almost three million South Africans who were previously infected with Covid-19 ... More >>

Will Current Vaccines Work Against Omicron? – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 6:08 pm | Science Media Centre

Current vaccines may not work as well against the Omicron variant than for earlier strains of the coronavirus, according to recent comments made by Moderna’s chief executive. The Financial Times reported on comments made by Stéphane Bancel questioning ... More >>

Covid-19 Vaccine For Kids Expected Early Next Year – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 5:52 pm | Science Media Centre

The Government anticipates rolling out the paediatric version of the Pfizer vaccine by the end of January 2022, pending Medsafe approval. Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said this afternoon that officials were “well advanced” in planning ... More >>

Preparing To Enter The Traffic Light System – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 5:37 pm | Science Media Centre

  How can New Zealanders make good decisions to lower risk and keep safe when we enter the new Traffic Light framework on Friday? The SMC asked experts to share the latest on how public health measures can help to keep the coronavirus at ... More >>

‘Orange’ And ‘Red’ Covid-19 Settings Across The Country – Expert Reaction

Monday, 29 November 2021, 8:22 pm | Science Media Centre

Swathes of the North Island will enter the most restrictive setting in the country’s new Covid-19 protection framework, taking effect on Friday. Northland, Auckland, and parts of the central and eastern North Island will go into the ‘Red’ setting, ... More >>

Home-based Care For COVID-19 Patients – Expert Reaction

Friday, 26 November 2021, 11:08 am | Science Media Centre

At present, more than 1500 people with COVID-19 are isolating at home in New Zealand. Almost half of them have not been given pulse oximeters , used to monitor oxygen levels and signal when hospital treatment may be needed. The US and UK are looking ... More >>