All advice tendered about the ending of the COVID-19 Protection Framework

Sean Richards made this Official Information request to Ministry of Health

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From: Sean Richards

Dear Ministry of Health,

The Prime Minister was quoted this afternoon as saying that "[...] based on public health advice we are able to remove the traffic light system and with that decision claim back the certainty we have all lost over the last three years." [1] Conversely, A. Prof. Siouxsie Wiles was quoted as saying that "[ditching restrictions] would also be a big, and in the long term expensive, mistake?" [2]

This is an *urgent* request under s 12(3) of the Official Information Act for all of the public health advice that the Ministry of Health has tendered to the Prime Minister, Cabinet Office, DPMC, and similar institutions, that the Prime Minister refers to.

I request urgency as COVID-19, and in particular Long Covid, has been described as a "mass disabling event" [3] and thus I am concerned that scrapping the vast majority of social restrictions will lead to increased infection and disabling. I would like to be confident that the advice tendered to Cabinet is that modelling suggests this is safe, and that the Government is adequately considering the wellbeing of its citizens.

[1] https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/political/474...

[2] https://thespinoff.co.nz/science/12-09-2...

[3] https://dcp.ucla.edu/covid-19-mass-disab...

Yours faithfully,

Sean Richards

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Kia ora Sean,  

  

Thank you for your request for official information. The Ministry's
reference number for your request is: H2022012465.  

  

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From: Sean Richards

Tēnā koutou,

I just want to "check in" and see if the Ministry is treating this request as urgent?

Ngā mihi nui,
Sean Richards

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