You don't half spout some pish.
The grass is always greener everywhere else but here isn't it?
These countries are probably looking over at us as a success story due to how far into our vaccination program we are right now and this and the restrictions we have had to put up with have driven infection levels right down to extremely low figures and this is all of the UK. This while the rest of Europe and most of the world are taking a hit right now, while they dither on their vaccination programs or do nothing about it.
Experience has taught us that restrictions by themselves only delay this virus, all those countries that have not vaccinated the majority of their population and have lifted are extremely vulnerable to another wave regardless if they have a zero covid policy or not. New Zealand for example never really achieved real zero covid because of a cluster outbreak after 3 months of no reported cases, not linked to over seas travel. This is what Leitch was on about when referring to no cases in our Northern Isles a month ago, despite how few people live up there compared to New Zealand ffs
My thoughts on that is that the virus is still there in NZ but going around younger unvaccinated people who have no or extremely minor symptoms, or that some people have been traveling around with no symptoms but not being pulled up for it. I remember that being the case there. Zero covid just isn't possible by policy and strategy, the virus itself will die off on its own when it runs out of people to infect, same as any other virus. This is why the most important thing we are doing against the virus is vaccination.
Despite all the difference in opinion of our leaders, the vaccination program and progress is something we are getting spot on right now. Testing is flagging up those who are infected but with no or minor symptoms. We have this under control it seems, we still need to get to the end.
And because of this it is possible normality in our lives apart from overseas travel will return earlier than most of the world without fear of another wave of infection, despite the buckled opinions of SAGE and our feargasm motivated media. Clusters will happen there's no avoiding it, its happening now in parts of Scotland hopefully without any serious risk to those people's health, so far.
Pints and cigars with zero covid in the bin.