WATCH: Jacinda Ardern hits back at criticism from former prime minister John Key regarding NZ's COVID plan going forward.
Key, in an oped released Sunday made public his thoughts on the governments slow and unclear response to delta and over reliance on lockdowns.
re-iterating these critiques on The AM Show this morning, "Fear and hope are not a strategy. They don't actually work".
Jacinda Ardern joined The AM Show shortly after.
"He is wrong," Ardern said. "Hope and luck have not got us the lowest case numbers in the OECD, the lowest death rates, an economy that returned to pre-COVID levels, low unemployment even outside of a pandemic and, might I say, some of the fewest restrictions that any country has experienced."
John's plan still outlines some fairly extreme measures, considering vaccine passports as a potential response.
"If you go to young people who, frankly, are under no pressure to go and get vaccinated, go and tell them, 'I tell you what, you can't go to Rhythm n Vines, you can't go to a nightclub, you can't go to a bar, you can't get on the Air New Zealand flight' - go and see how many of them still think spoons can stick to their left arm when they're getting the vaccine," Sir John said.
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