The group of experts, lead by epidemiologist Sir David Skegg, was set up in April to advise the government on crucial Covid-19 decisions, particularly on border management.
They were tasked with reporting to the government on:
- Vaccination rates and scenarios should the borders reopen
- Interpreting scientific data for any decisions around the border
- Public health protections
- Consideration of the “residual risk of the non-immunised population and the associated health system capacity needs” once borders open
Other panel members include immunisation specialist Dr Nikki Turner; epidemiologist Prof Philip Hill; Auckland Hospital immunology lead clinician Dr Maia Brewerton; infectious diseases expert Prof David Murdoch; biostatistical expert Dr Ella Iosua; and special advisors Rodney Jones and Shaun Hendy.