Australia reaches 90-pc milestone of first Covid vaccine dose

Australia: Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated on Friday that Australia has reached a new Covid-19 immunisation milestone, with 90 percent of persons aged 16 and up having received one dose of the vaccine. He told the media that every state and territory was on track to reach the 80 percent fully vaccinated target by the end of 2021, a goal that had already been met in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Victoria, and New South Wales, which were all subjected to strict lockdowns between August and October, according to reports.

"We are going to have one of the world's greatest vaccination rates. This is in addition to having one of the best records in the world when it comes to saving lives "Morrison remarked. In anticipation of the 90 percent mark, Health Minister Greg Hunt characterised it as a "amazing" achievement on Thursday.

On Friday, Australia reported over 1,400 new locally acquired Covid-19 infections, bringing the total caseload to 187,041. At the time of writing, 1,873 people had died. Coronavirus restrictions in Australia's capital, Canberra, were loosened again on Friday, returning to baseline levels that are expected to last throughout the summer. International students will be free to enter every state without being quarantined by the end of the year, according to Finance Minister Simon Birmingham, as Australia increasingly reopens its international borders.

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