Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday apologized to his country for the slow release of the Covid-19 vaccine, although cases due to the outbreak continue to appear during the closure.
Speaking to reporters, Morrison said, “I’m sorry we were not able to achieve the marks we had hoped for earlier this year.”
The country has been injecting less than 150,000 Covid-19 vaccines a day – far behind in other developed countries.
The two largest provinces in the country – New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria – have risen sharply from daily infection rates on Wednesday. When NSW, Australia’s largest city, Sydney, recorded 110 new cases – up from 78 the day before – Victoria filed 22 new cases. Sydney was shut down on June 26, and the same will be enforced until at least July 30. Meanwhile, Victoria is looking to close for about two weeks.
Speaking at a television news conference on Wednesday, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said, “If we had not closed the last few weeks, the number 110 today would undoubtedly be thousands and thousands.”
However, Berejiklian urged the people of NSW to be vaccinated and “strengthened” amidst the expectation that “case numbers will continue to rise before they start to decline”.
He also said that even if NSW comes out of closure on July 30 it will not be confirmed until next week due to an increase in coronavirus cases.
The Australian government has said it will meet its goal of vaccinating older persons by the end of 2021 as millions of Covid-19 vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer are expected to arrive in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, a third country – South Australia – kicked off its first day of locks on Wednesday. In addition, the neighboring country of NSW Queensland closed its first and foremost border due to a loudspeaker case, thus closing one of Australia’s most popular routes.
Covid-19 is very unique and transferable has been confirmed in 124 countries now, including Australia, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. The first discovery in India, the alternative is “expected” to “quickly conquer other species and then be the best travel destination in the coming months,” says the world health agency in its weekly epidemiological review.
Notably, Delta variants account for more than 75 percent of coronavirus cases in many countries, including Australia, South Africa, Great Britain, Russia, Singapore, and India, among others. U.S. health officials on Tuesday confirmed that the exception covers about 83 percent of all cases in the country.