/ 22 March 2021

Vaccination the ticket to travel

Today, a handful of the more than 6 million Aussies who are eligible for their first COVID shots will roll up their sleeves, as an official tick was granted to the locally-produced AstraZeneca doses last night. Yipee… Progress is being made which is why federal Health Department boss Brendan Murphy yesterday looked to the future, saying international vaccination programs will be the ticket to overseas travel and easier quarantine regimes. Qantas boss Alan Joyce yesterday told the BBC he believes that “governments are going to insist” travellers prove they’re vaccinated if they are to enter another country. That won’t cover international spectators and volunteers hoping to attend the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games with confirmation they will be banned. It’s another blow for organisers with costs set to balloon to more than US$15.4 billion – more than double what Japan expected to pay.

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