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Hurdles remain to our COVID-19 future, but it’s on the horizon – Brisbane Times

This year will be a vast improvement on last, but Australia has much work to do before it can be free of its local and international COVID restrictions.

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But what would it take to transition to COVID-zero release, our opening up to the world?
The crucial question is whether Australia and other countries in our region can achieve a high level of population immunity through vaccination by the end of 2021. The immediate (and appropriate) plan with Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines is to protect the most vulnerable people against severe disease.
The decision by Italy to block the export of 250,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine does not significantly…

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