The BMJ: Should countries aim for elimination in the covid-19 pandemic?

We go head to head in the BMJ on the goal of eliminating Covid19.

We would all like to eradicate covid-19 from the globe. However, closer scrutiny shows that the odds are heavily stacked against this as a sustainable, cost effective, long term strategy. New Zealand’s apparent three month success has recently been broken by a cluster with no known link to overseas travel. Ongoing lockdowns have now occurred in Auckland, and the country is still focusing on elimination.