NZ Prime Minister Talks COVID Strategy With Biden

The Washington Post reports:

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday that she spoke with President-elect Joe Biden in a “positive and warm phone call” and has offered to share resources, data and experts who can shed light on the country’s successful coronavirus response.

Biden “spoke positively about New Zealand’s response to the pandemic,” which has involved a strict quarantine policy for people arriving in the country, as well as rapidly deployed lockdowns and intensive contact tracing when outbreaks arise, Ardern told reporters at a news briefing.

She added that Biden had described tackling the crisis as his “number one priority” and expressed interest in learning more about New Zealand’s strategy. Its rigorous approach to testing, contact tracing and isolation went “over and above” the border shutdowns, she said.

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