Australia’s borders may not open even if the entire country is vaccinated: Minister of Health

Australia’s Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt suggests that opening borders for travel not only leads to achieving the COVID-19 vaccination goal, but also depends on a range of factors.

“Vaccination alone does not guarantee that you will be released,” he says. Told reporters On April 13, he added, “I couldn’t open the border,” even if the whole country was vaccinated against COVID-19, a disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.

Instead, federal health authorities need to consider a range of factors, including infection, longevity, and global impact.

“These are the factors that the world is learning,” Hunt said.

Australia’s borders have been closed since March 2020, but Australia aims to gradually open throughout 2021, once the safety milestone is achieved, Hunt said.

The latest information from the Minister of Health arrives five days before Australia opens the border of the “Green Zone”, a two-way trip to New Zealand.

“Then, Australia can do that because we are considering other countries in the Pacific and in the region that are potentially low transmission environments,” he said.

Hunt’s comment came after Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned that opening the border was unsafe given the spread of the Chinese Communist Party virus in other countries.

“Opening our borders is not safe at the moment,” he said. Told reporters April 12.

“COVID-19 is still widespread all over the world. Especially in developing countries, daily cases continue to increase.”

Papua New Guinea, one of Australia’s closest north of Australia, faces a serious outbreak.

“It’s still a very dangerous situation,” the prime minister said.

“We will continue to act swiftly to vaccinate the most vulnerable people and will continue to close their borders for as long as we need them, and for as long as we need them, and we already know what it is. I’m getting ready for it. It looks like when we can open it again, “he said.

Morrison and Hunt said in a real-world data study studying the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine that a coronavirus variant found in South Africa could “break through” the Pfizer / BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. It was after the discovery by scientists.

In this study, cases of the South African subspecies B.1.351 were eight times more common in two vaccinated patients than in unvaccinated patients, compared to unvaccinated patients. Is also 5.4% vs. 0.7%, which is less effective against the South African subspecies than the original coronavirus.

However, this study has not yet been peer-reviewed.