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Why India, Pakistan, Brazil are still in VHR whereas Covid Ravaged UK, USA and few other countries are in Green list

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From: G Sharma

Dear Chris Hipkins,

I noted India, Pakistan, Brazil etc. were rightly added to VHR countries because it was a right thing to do 6 months ago when these countries were in the middle of an uncontained outbreak.

Later "Fiji and Indonesia" were also promptly added to the VHR list as well

Now from last 3-4 months Covid-19 has largely been contained specifically in India and Pakistan and there is no review about it despite a briefing on it in July with a recommendation of moving India, Pakistan and Brazil to HR (#12 in briefing paper)


3 months since the above mentioned briefing and the daily cases of specifically India and Pakistan are now even lower, in-fact per capita basis much lower than NZ as well, but no review or change in sight. ​

At the same time UK and USA per capita are experiencing Enormous and ever increasing outbreak, even now with a new variant of Covid so my OIA request is for

1: Is there any new review, briefing and decision imminent in regards to recategorising currently VHR countries based on the current status of daily cases?

2: Are their any ongoing review or briefing presented to the cabinet to include UK and other developed countries with current daily high number of cases?

Yours faithfully,

G Sharma

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Chris Hipkins

Kia ora


Thank you for taking the time to write to Hon Chris Hipkins, Minister for
COVID-19 Response, Minister of Education, Minister for the Public Sector
and Leader of the House.

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Dear G Sharma,

Please find attached letter from Hon Chris Hipkins in response to your email of 21 October 2021.

Kind regards,

Office of Hon Chris Hipkins
Minister for COVID-19 Response | Minister of Education | Minister of the Public Service | Leader of the House
Parliament Buildings, Private Bag 18041, Wellington 6160, New Zealand

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