Is a COVID-19 vaccine the only way forward?
Team Veye | 23 Aug 2021
Australia had all along been one of the most successful nations in containing the coronavirus. Its decisions of border closures, quarantine programmes and snap lockdowns had seemed sufficient to keep overall infections low compared to those in many other nations.
But the arrival of the third wave of COVID-19 infections, centred on Sydney forced more than half the population of nearly 26 million into lockdown which could push the world's 13th-largest economy towards a slowdown.
There were reports of protesters defying coronavirus lockdowns on Saturday, as the country recorded its highest single-day caseload since the pandemic began. However, the general view was that anti-lockdown protesters could make lockdowns worse.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said that the Delta strain was like nothing Australia had seen before. And even in very strict and harsh lockdowns, the virus was spreading.
On the other hand, the discovery of a single local COVID-19 case in New Zealand was enough for the government to put the entire country into strict lockdown this past week. New Zealanders welcomed such measures as these had worked well in the past.
Australian Government was getting a more and more significant proportion of the population vaccinated and protected every single day against a backdrop that the majority of the cases in the hospital had not been either partially or fully vaccinated.
As per the update on 20 August 2021 from National Cabinet, more than 51 per cent of the Australian population aged 16 years and over have had the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
According to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Australia will stick to its lockdown strategy against the coronavirus until at least 70 per cent of its population is fully vaccinated. This was a key element of the federal government's strategy to rein in outbreaks with borders being re-opened gradually when the figure climbs to 80 per cent.
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