/ 23 April 2021

India’s COVID crisis on Cabinet agenda

In the 2nd meeting for the week, National Cabinet agreed to bring forward the vaccination start date for people older than 50. They can receive the AstraZeneca jab from state-run clinics from 3 May and at GPs from 17 May, while the Pfizer vaccine remains prioritised for people under 50, age and disability care workers, and frontline staff. Also on the agenda were concerns about travellers returning from India. The country set a bleak record yesterday, reporting more than 314,000 new cases – bringing its total to nearly 16 million – while deaths rose by 2,100. Morrison said flights coming into Australia from India will be reduced by 30%. Those changes are expected to come into effect “in the months ahead”, and those travelling from high-risk areas will need to have a COVID-19 test 72 hours before flying to Oz. India has launched a vaccination drive, but only a small fraction of the population has had the shots.

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