The Secretary of the Australian Department of Health believes that in 2021 we should not rely on the return of liquid traffic at the borders.
A senior Australian health official said Australia was not expected to reopen its borders to foreign travelers in 2021, despite ongoing vaccination campaigns around the world.
Brendan Murphy, secretary of the Department of Health, is a key government adviser. He ruled that we should not believe that liquid traffic at the borders will return in 2021.
“I think we still have significant border controls for most of the year,” he told the ABC.
“Even though a large portion of the population is vaccinated, we do not know if this will prevent the virus from spreading.”
“Further isolated activities will be for some time.”
As a result of these restrictions, tens of thousands of Australians are stranded abroad. Returnees will have to pay around A $ 3,000 (9 1,900) for their 14-day hotel isolation.
Australia, with a population of about 25 million, has reached agreements with the University of Oxford to obtain the dosage of the anti-covaginal vaccine developed by the British team Astrogeneka and Pfizer / Bioentech.
The government is still waiting for the green light from the regulator. Vaccinations should not start until the end of February.