Australia speeds up vaccination against Delta strain

Australia is determined to speed up vaccination in the context that the country is facing a third outbreak of the disease caused by the Delta mutation.

The number of infections continues to increase, prompting authorities to quickly find a vaccine. One million additional doses of Moderna vaccine was purchased from the European Union on September 12, while vaccine exchange contracts with the UK and Singapore remained in place for the past two weeks. Officials also announced that they would expand the vaccination program to include children between 12 and 15 years old.

Lieutenant General John Frewen, head of the immunization group, said that from mid-October, Australia will have enough vaccine to vaccinate all eligible people.

People queue in front of a Covid-19 testing point in Sydney in May. Photo: Reuters.

People queue in front of a Covid-19 testing point in Sydney in May. Photo: Reuters.

“We’ve got the supply, we’ve got the distribution and now it’s all up to people to come out, sign up and get injections,” Frewen told ABC today.

With first-line vaccination rates approaching 80% in New South Wales, some restrictions have been eased for fully vaccinated people in Sydney, the state capital.

From September 13, outdoor gatherings will be allowed up to five people. Members of the same family in 12 of Sydney’s worst-affected suburbs can gather outdoors for up to two hours.

The first case was recorded in June in Sydney and then spread to Melbourne and Canberra creating Australia’s worst outbreak. Although the number of new infections per day is only about 2,000, which is relatively low by global standards, Australian officials fear the number of deaths and hospitalizations will increase because so far, only 42% of people over the age of 16 have been vaccinated. full.

Vu Hoang (Follow Reuters)

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