Australia’s Covid-19 vaccine campaign has reached the frigid beaches of Antarctica


On Friday (Oct 29), Authorities said that Covid-19 vaccinations have arrived at Australia’s Casey research station in Antarctica, allowing expeditioners to get immunized before returning home to a country that is reopening to the world. After the third wave of illnesses caused by the Delta variety in Australia’s southeast, the country is progressively lifting pandemic restrictions as vaccination levels rise.
For the first time in more than 18 months, Sydney and Melbourne, the country’s two main cities, are preparing to welcome fully vaccinated residents flying in from outside without having to go through quarantine.
The prohibition on outbound travel will be abolished at the same time.
On Friday, Sussan Ley, Australia’s Federal Environment Minister, said that Pfizer immunizations for 27 crew members at Australia’s Casey Station in Antarctica have arrived. Vaccines will also be distributed to the research sites at Davis and Mawson.
Despite its arrival on the freezing continent last December, when it became the last of the world’s continents to record an infection, Australia has managed to keep its stations clear of the coronavirus.
“As expeditioners prepare to return home, it is critical that they be able to participate in the nationwide Covid-19 immunization campaign,” Ms Ley said in a statement. However, because states and territories have different vaccination rates and health programmes, the relaxing of travel limits are not universal across Australia.
Despite announcing its bloodiest day of the Delta epidemic a day earlier with daily infections persisting at record levels, Victoria state, home to Melbourne, would loosen some restrictions later on Friday.
There were ten additional deaths in the state on Friday, down from 25 on Thursday. The number of cases dropped to 1,656 from 1,923. New South Wales, which borders Victoria, recorded 268 new cases, the lowest increase over two weeks.
On Friday, the Australian Capital Territory will announce its daily caseload. The remaining six Australian states and territories are either Covid-19-free or have only a few occurrences.


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