The-BMJ-logoSeveral advantages have helped New Zealand avoid the worst of the covid-19 pandemic and allowed the government to pursue a plan to eliminate the virus from the country. [1] New Zealand, small in size and population density with a population of 4.88 million people, has no land borders (it consists of two main islands) and is situated a considerable distance from the rest of the world. It has a stable government, a trusted and popular prime minister Jacinda Ardern, and a Director-General of Health, Ashley Bloomfield, who is trained in public health medicine. The advantage of time helped the Government instigate a rapid and potent response that leveraged our advantages, including learning from nations overwhelmed by covid-19…..more