Even though Australia has vaccinated most of its citizens against the Covid-19 virus, the country may still not open its international border, even in 2021.
The statement has come from the head of its health department on Monday as the country recorded zero local COVID-19 cases.
Furthermore, Norway reported a small number of deaths in old people who received the shot, and so concerning that, the Australian authorities are also investigating possible adverse effects from the Pfizer vaccine.
“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” Brendan Murphy told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.,
Although Australia has reported more than 22,000 local COVID-19 cases and 909 deaths since the pandemic began, it has been successful in managing the covid-19 situation far better than any other country and reported zero cases on Monday.
The main focus of COVID in Australia is currently in Sydney, New South Wales (NSW), where an outbreak in western Sydney has led other states to impose travel restrictions either across NSW or on people in outbreak suburbs.
Moreover, the cases have prompted authorities to put three Australian Open charter flights into tough quarantine, forcing more than 70 players into 14-day hotel room isolation.
“I know that there’s been a bit of chatter from a number of players about the rules. Well, the rules apply to them as they apply to everybody else,” Victorian state Premier Daniel Andrews said, responding to player complains about the strict quarantine.