The above plan is based on the model of the Doherty Institute specializing in infectious disease research. According to the institute, with sufficient vaccination rates and not too strict restrictions, Australia can reopen to the world.
The Australian leader last week noted that the Covid-19 situation is not the same in each locality but the destination is the same.
At the time the plan was announced, Australia was in phase A. The goal of this phase is to strongly control the SARS-CoV-2 virus in order to reduce the number of infections in the community. Measures include increasing vaccination, implementing early, strict and short-term blockade if there is an outbreak.
The plan also emphasizes the importance of effective testing, tracing and isolation capacity.
Australia could reopen its international borders fully in the final phase of the plan. Photo: AAP
In stage B, The federal government’s goal is to end the blockade and open international borders to more people when the rate of people over 16 years old getting two shots reaches 70%.
In the state of New South Wales, this milestone is expected to be conquered by the end of October.
Mr Morrison did not give a timetable for the transition to phase B but hopes this could happen by the end of 2021.
Stage C is activated when the above vaccination rate reaches 80%. Those who are fully immunized will not face restrictions on domestic or international travel. In addition, there will be no longer a limit on the number of vaccinated Australian citizens overseas who wish to repatriate.
EASY TIME considered a dream scenario. The emergence of more effective vaccines and booster shots against variants means the country is closer to life than it was before the pandemic outbreak. International borders will be fully reopened during this period.
Australia’s reopening plan revolves around vaccination rates. Photo: ABC News
According to local media, the plan is based on two milestones in the vaccination rate of the people (70% and 80% of people over 16 years old are fully vaccinated). The problem is that not every state that hits this rate soon is ready to open its borders to the slower states.
And yet, Australia is struggling in its efforts to vaccinate its people. As of September 3, according to CNN, about 37% of people over 16 in Australia received two injections, compared with at least 60% in the US and more than 78% in the UK.
Still, some states, including New South Wales and Victoria, hope the prospect of easing restrictions will encourage more people to get vaccinated.
Victorian Premier Dan Andrews said on September 5 that unvaccinated people would not be allowed to participate in the local economy once strict lockdown measures were lifted.
The Doherty Institute emphasizes that even with high vaccination rates, cases and deaths from Covid-19 are difficult to avoid. However, these two numbers can be kept low thanks to a vaccine and the implementation of some restrictive measures.
In the scenario where 70% of people over 16 years old are vaccinated, the impact of Covid-19 is not much if testing, contact tracing, isolation of suspected cases and some maintenance measures are continued. social distance.
Under this scenario, the Doherty Institute forecasts Australia will have less than 3,000 symptomatic infections and 13 deaths in six months.