How are we coping with the pandemic?
Team Veye | 21 Sep 2020
The world is in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic. WHO and partners are working together on the response needed and are racing to find a vaccine.
Although scientists world over are trying to produce an effective coronavirus vaccine at the earliest, it is not expected to be reaching clinics too soon.
The work to decipher the COVID-19 started in January 2020, but the vaccine safety trials began only in March. The vaccine testing process takes much longer and goes through the various phases of preclinical testing to efficacy trials. Then these have to seek early or limited approval/approval. The final approval is accorded by the regulators only after reviewing the trial results.
There are currently over 169 COVID-19 vaccine candidates under development, with 26 of these in the human trial phase. At present, we do not have any vaccines approved for full use.
The country is fighting the pandemic on many fronts. Apart from employment related and economic stimulus measures, strong steps have been taken to ease the lockdown.
With some federal measures, many state level restrictions are also in force. A travel ban is in place that prevents all non-Australian citizens and non-residents from entering Australia. Interstate travel from Victoria is restricted to essential workers and hotel quarantine applies on arrival. Travel to South Australia, Queensland, and the Northern Territory is also restricted and borders are effectively ‘closed’ in Tasmania and Western Australia.
Restrictions are now being eased across the country on a state and territory basis depending on local epidemiology, except for the state of Victoria which is under Stage 4 restrictions.
While Victorian businesses are only allowed to operate onsite if they are a ‘permitted premises’, a roadmap for reopening has been announced that some restrictions will be eased from 28 September in the state of Victoria.
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