Moment Jacinda Ardern snaps at commenter criticising New Zealand’s vaccine mandates during Facebook live video
- NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has snapped back at a Facebook user in video
- Ms Ardern was giving an update on the country’s vaccine rollout on Wednesday
- One user named Amanda said she was ‘over’ Ms Ardern, prompting the response
The New Zealand Prime Minister has snapped at a voter during a live stream after they posted a comment criticising her.
Jacinda Ardern was speaking on Facebook live Wednesday to give New Zealanders an update on the vaccine rollout and a new anti-viral drug used to treat Covid.
The usually unflappable Ms Ardern has been hit with increased criticism recently over vaccine mandates with the viewer’s comment appearing to be the last straw.
Jacinda Ardern (pictured with partner Clarke Gayford) has been hit with increased criticism recently over her Covid vaccine mandates
Ms Ardern was taking questions from the comments when she noticed one from a woman slamming the vaccine rules.
‘Over you! Over your mandate. People are suffering from your poor choices. Merry Xmas Aotearoa,’ the user wrote.
Ms Arden paused taking questions and addressed the woman’s comment directly appearing more than little ticked off.
‘Um, Amanda. Sorry you’re over me. But you don’t have to stay on my Facebook Live if I’m bothering you,’ Ms Ardern said.
‘I’m sure there are many other things you could do with your time if you find this irritating,’ she continued.
The Prime Minister then continued answering questions.
She also made the announcement that New Zealand has purchased 60,000 doses of a new anti-viral drug which can be used to treat Covid.
Ms Ardern spoke live on Facebook on Wednesday with one viewer’s commenting sparking a fiery response (pictured)
The drug still has to gain approval from the medicine safety watchdog Medsafe before it can be used.
‘What the early evidence suggests is that this particular drug, if taken between three to five days of the onset of your symptoms, can reduce down severe illness and hospitalisation,’ Ms Ardern said.
She also confirmed vaccine mandates would definitely not extend to children.
‘It’s not something we do. Once we receive the advice (from the medical advisory group) on vaccines for kids, of course then we would support or encourage, but not mandates,’ she said.
As of Wednesday, 88 per cent of New Zealand’s eligible population are fully-vaccinated for Covid.
Gradual border reopening begins next month.
Kiwis based in Australia can return from January 17, and those based further abroad can return from February 14, with the same self-isolation requirement.