Māori medical expert Dr Rawiri Jansen quits Government’s Vaccine rollout group

Māori medical expert Dr Rawiri Jansen quits Government’s Vaccine rollout group

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Māori medical expert, GP and co-leader of the National Pandemic Group, Dr Rawiri Jansen, quit the Government’s immunisation implementation advisory group on Tuesday.

Dr Jansens’ concerns grew after he thought his voice was not being heard enough over critics comments towards COVID-19 Vaccines.

His failure, as thought, was from the rollout that included Māori New Zealanders below the age of 65 years being part of priority groups due to health outcomes that are said to be more deficient from Māori at an earlier age than Pākehā.


The main target from Government health providers advanced more on Māori if they had underlying health conditions during the early phases of Vaccine rollouts.

Reportedly Dr Jansen had an ‘overwhelming sense of failure’ over following optics rather than science within the campaign due to political affairs and the influence of perpetrators who acted with no faith under health and medicine discoveries.

Those who are Māori, that were previously at risk of contracting COVID-19, will soon be able to receive the jab during May.

A $39m investment was provided to follow up with and approach the immunisation campaign to include New Zealand’s wider Māori community, setting a focus to acknowledge and launch support services that guarantee there is access to the Vaccines where possible.

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