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COVID-19 Informer: New Zealand picks COVID-19 elimination day, UN wants "a people's vaccine"

New Zealand is getting back into the swing of normal life - it's picked a coronavirus elimination date and its national carrier will return to half capacity next month.

June 15 is the elimination goal date settled on by NZ's Health Department after weeks of urging by public health experts and government wrangling.

There have been no new cases of the virus for 13 days and just one person in New Zealand has COVID-19, an Aucklander currently isolating who is due to be asymptomatic this week, should the virus follow a normal course.

However, the final case is irrelevant to whether the country has eliminated the disease.

The Ministry of Health says elimination can be declared 28 days after the last case from a "locally acquired unknown source", or community transmission, has completed their treatment and tested negative.

And the last case of community transmission was on April 29, and they were in isolation until May 18.

Which means when Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield holds his regular daily briefing on June 15 - 28 days from May 18 - he will be able to say New Zealand has eliminated COVID-19.

And if you need more signs NZ is in recovery, Air New Zealand plans to operate 55 per cent of domestic capacity in June and August, with Kiwis chasing leisure travel and business travel.

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry also wants to restart flights between Canberra and NZ next month.

However, New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters told everybody to cool their jets.

"This is too early and doesn't have the support of the Australian government at this point in time," he told reporters on Thursday.

Over in the UK, and face coverings will be compulsory for passengers on buses, trains, aircraft and ferries in England from June 15.

While a vaccine summit has highlighted the difficult question of how any potential coronavirus vaccine could be distributed globally and fairly.

The United Nations and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement have urged "a people's vaccine" be developed that would be freely available to everyone, calling it a "moral imperative".

But experts say, with arguably every country clamouring for a vaccine, efforts at fair distribution could be messy.

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