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Australia Sets 70% Covid Vaccination Target to Start Reopening

  • National Cabinet discusses nation’s ‘Covid-Zero’ exit strategy
  • Move comes after Sydney placed in lockdown to last 9 weeks
A deserted street during the recent month-long lockdown in Sydney.

A deserted street during the recent month-long lockdown in Sydney.

Photographer: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg

Australia’s government has said the country will begin reopening and avoid snap lockdowns once 70% of the entire adult population has been fully vaccinated.

The country will move from the current suppression phase of controlling the virus to the next “when Australia reaches 70% of the eligible population who are double-dose vaccinated,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said at a media briefing Friday. That will mean easing restrictions on vaccinated residents, with lockdowns to be implemented only in extreme circumstances and the number of inbound passengers returning to levels seen earlier this year.