Advice to DPMC on Covid-19
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From: Bronwyn Pullar
Dear Ministry of Health,
Under the Official Information Act, I request all formal, written advice given by the Ministry of Health to Ministers and/or other departments to the DPMC from 31 December 2019 to 23 March 2020 on Covid-19. (For the avoidance of doubt, information sought pertaining to "Covid-19" covers all terms used to describe this virus originating in Wuhan China in late 2019, to include: - pneumonia, pneumonia of unknown cause, novel pneumonia, viral pneumonia, novel viral pneumonia, a coronavirus, novel coronavirus, Chinese virus, Chinese novel pneumonia, Wuhan Virus, Wuhan coronavirus, novel human viral pneumonia, etc.)
Ministry of Health
Dear Ms Pullar
Thank you for your request under the Official Information Act 1982 (the
Act) to the Ministry of Health (the Ministry).
The Government is committed to the COVID-19 response, including keeping
the New Zealand public well informed.
This is a fast-evolving global situation and the Ministry, along with many
other agencies, have diverted significant resources to support the
response to COVID-19.
The Ministry knows there is significant public interest in COVID-19 and is
responding to the substantial increase in demand for information from
interested or concerned members of the public.
We are working hard to ensure the New Zealand public is fully informed
about the work being done to respond to COVID-19. The Ministry is
committed to transparency and intends to make official information
publicly available as soon as possible.
This includes key advice papers to Ministers, situational reports and will
cover your request. As such your request for this information is refused
in accordance with section 18(d) of the Act, as the information will soon
be publicly available.
You may be interested to know the information will be published as soon as
possible on the Ministry's 'Information Releases' page.
The Ministry routinely publishes the latest on the Government’s response
on the COVID-19 section of the Ministry's website.
The Government also provides regular updates on the Unite against
The Epidemic Response Committee meetings are also publicly available on
the NZ Parliament website.
Information about the current confirmed and probable cases is updated
regularly on the Ministry website, as well as information on COVID-19
Under section 28 of the Act, you have the right to ask the Ombudsman to
review any decisions made under this request.
Thank you for taking the time to write to the Ministry.
Office of the Director-General
Ministry of Health
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