I do wonder what information MedSafe needs that the UK, USA, and other countries haven't needed for their emergency approvals. Surely that information can be made available to MedSafe immediately?
Trials don't stop at the end of phase 3 - it's an ongoing process. Some safety issue could crop up. So it's not information data they know - it's the risk of something cropping up that they don't expect.
It was pretty easy to see the increasing trend line in new cases would lead to the number of deaths per day and overrun that are happening now - it was and still is an emergency. Here in NZ - not so much (hopefully we can keep it that way).