Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern shuts down Facebook commentator in live video
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern challenges a commentator on Facebook live. Video / Jacinda Ardern
It has been a long year and it seems that everyone’s patience is running out a bit.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern yesterday attacked a Facebook user during a live broadcast, reminding people that if they don’t like what they see, they can just keep scrolling.
During the live video, Ardern answered viewers’ questions and, at one point, responded to criticism from a commentator, who criticized the requirement for vaccines for adults.
“On you. On your tenure. People are suffering from your bad choices. Merry Christmas Aotearoa,” the Facebook user wrote.
Ardern, who doesn’t often respond to negative comments she receives on live broadcasts, decided to address the woman directly in the video.
“Um, Amanda. Sorry you forgot me. But you don’t have to stay on my Facebook Live if I’m disturbing you,” the prime minister said.
“I’m sure there are a lot of other things you could do with your time if you find it irritating,” she added.
Ardern then continued to answer viewers’ questions regarding Covid cases and vaccine numbers.
The livestream was one of many Arderns has done in recent months to check in with Kiwis on the government’s Covid strategy.
During yesterday’s video, she also shared the news that the government had purchased 60,000 doses of the new antiviral drug Covid-19.
She said what is exciting about antivirals is that it is “incredible” that the scientific community has been able to produce a drug capable of treating Covid-19.
“What the first evidence suggests is that this particular drug, if taken between three and five days after your symptoms appear, may reduce serious illness and hospitalizations.
“It’s fantastic for New Zealand.”
The Prime Minister then took the time to answer viewers’ questions, in particular concerning the project to introduce Covid-19 vaccines for 5 to 11 year olds.
She said politicians are not making the decision on whether it is rolled out for children, and said they are still waiting for the expert advisory group to return with their final point of view.
Medsafe must also approve its use.
When asked if the government would make the vaccine mandatory for children, she said “absolutely not”.
“It’s not something we do. Once we get advice on vaccines for children, of course we support or encourage, but not mandates.”