Despite the progress of vaccination campaigns around the world, authorities in Australia do not plan to reopen the borders in 2021.
As part of the fight against coronavirus, many countries around the world have started to vaccinate their populations. Despite the progress of vaccination campaigns, the secretary of the Department of Health in Australia, Brendan Murphy, said the country should not reopen its borders to foreign travelers in 2021. “I think we will still have significant border restrictions for most of the year“, he told the channel ABC, Monday, January 18.
This senior official also indicated that one should not hope for the return of a fluid circulation at the borders this year. According to his explanation, even though a large part of the population is vaccinated, “we do not know if this will prevent the transmission of the virus“, note Le Figaro.
Quarantine measures maintained
Brendan Murphy, who is one of the government’s main advisers, has also indicated that it is also likely that “quarantine measures will remain for some timeBecause of these restrictions, tens of thousands of Australians remain stranded abroad. Those who can return home must be quarantined and pay around AU $ 3,000 (€ 1,900). , for their fourteen days spent in a hotel.
Agreements to obtain two vaccines
Faced with the resurgence of Covid-19, theAustralia entered into agreements to obtain the vaccine developed by the British group AstraZeneca with the University of Oxford as well as that of Pfizer / BioNTech. The vaccination campaign is not expected to start before the end of February in the country, and the government is still awaiting the green light from the regulator.
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