Australia sets a 70% vaccination target for Covid-19 before resuming operations


Australia’s government has stated that after 70% of the adult population has been appropriately vaccinated, the country would begin reopening and prevent sudden lockdowns.
“When Australia achieves 70% of the eligible population who is double-dose vaccinated,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said at a media briefing on Friday, the country would proceed from the current suppression phase of viral management to the next (July 30).
This will mean loosening restrictions on vaccinated locals, with lockdowns used only in extreme cases and the number of inbound travellers reverting to earlier this year’s levels. He was speaking at a meeting of the National Cabinet, which included the prime minister and the presidents of the eight states and territories, to discuss the country’s departure plan from the so-called Covid Zero strategy, which has kept the country’s borders closed since early last year.
Plans to reopen have been hindered by Australia’s sluggish vaccine roll-out, which has lagged behind other affluent countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom, with only enough doses to cover 23% of the population delivered.
Mr Morrison has stated that all eligible Australians should have had the vaccine by the end of the year.
The news comes after the Delta-outbreak cases in Sydney drove the country’s largest city into a lockdown that will last at least nine weeks, as it was extended for the third time this week until August 28.


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