New Zealand sets one condition for ending lockdowns

On Friday, the New Zealand government announced a goal to fully vaccinate 90 percent of all eligible people to end coronavirus-related lockdowns.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has come under pressure to provide a path to free people living in Auckland, who have been in lockdown for more than two months.

Under the new framework, people living in New Zealand's largest city will regain many of their freedoms once 90 percent of people aged 12 or older in each of the three regions are fully vaccinated.

Other parts of the country that are not experiencing a community outbreak of the virus will gain greater freedoms once they reach the 90 percent target. However, people will be required to use new vaccine certificates to visit places such as bars, restaurants and gyms.

Currently, 89 percent of eligible Aucklanders have received at least one dose, and 73 percent have received both doses, slightly higher than the overall rate in New Zealand.

The new plan requires that each of New Zealand's 20 health districts reach the 90 percent target.