The COVID-19 pandemic has so far revealed that the virus (SARS-CoV-2) does not only infect, weaken, and highlight weaknesses in human biological systems, but also the structural weaknesses of health systems at international and national levels.
Across the globe, COVID-19 pandemic discussions have shined up the word “isolation,” bringing it to new prominence as a positive form of protection. Yet old and more negative connotations do not so easily disappear: No man is an island. So said John Donne. Yet it may be that the Covid-19 pandemic has left more than one wishing it could be an island. This is New Zealand envy.
Vaccination was never meant to be the only practice to control a novel pandemic. To know the coronavirus as it mutates in place and over time, to understand the variation in population impacts and effects, requires testing: sustained, efficient and equitable testing.