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New Zealand is likely to keep its border closed to the world through most of 2021 amid uncertainty over the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.

“We can expect our borders to be impacted for much of this year,” Ardern told a news conference Tuesday in Wellington. “We will continue to pursue travel bubbles with Australia and the Pacific, but the rest of the world simply poses too great a risk to our health and our economy to take a risk at this stage.”

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