With news of vaccines entering their final stages, and our government signing an agreement to purchase 25 million doses of a future AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, many of us are relievingly feeling it’s all over.
It is sadly not yet nearly halfway.
In order to achieve “herd immunity” and fully eliminate COVID-19 transmission, Australia will need between 80 to 95 per cent of its vaccinated population, which could potentially take up until late next year.
And a key factor of doing this is to encourage everyone to get vaccinated – including those people who are the scientific community’s curse, anti-vaxxers.
That means the vaccination target is 20 million Australians.
Australia’s performed 5,380,613 COVID-19 tests since January.
To reach our goal, we’d need to double that number, twice, in half the time. It will be a landmark test of our country, and it will be a chapter in the textbooks of our history.