Health officials in Australia are considering an alternative strategy to fight the coronaviral disease, and some fear that if the country fails to vaccinate its population, the virus could spread beyond its borders.
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The World Health Organization (WHO) is considering vaccinating a group of more than 1 million people in Australia, with a target of distributing as many as 50 million doses by 2025, the AFP news agency reported on Wednesday.
But some health experts and others have questioned whether the vaccination program could be scaled up and that it would not provide enough protection for the population.
“The vaccination program will not be able to keep up with the pace of population growth,” Dr Michael T. Anderson, a researcher at the University of Adelaide, told the AFP.
“We don’t know how many people are actually vaccinated or how much they are going to get.”
It will have to be a very careful balancing act to make sure it gets to the point where it’s safe.
“Read moreAbout 2.6 million people are expected to be vaccinated by the end of the year in Australia.”
If we vaccinate more than that, it’s going to put us at risk of the virus spreading beyond our borders,” Dr Anderson told the ABC.”
And the more we vaccine, the less likely we are to stop it.
“The vaccine would be developed by a consortium of Australian companies, including Imperial Vaccine, and be available in Australia by the middle of next year.
Dr Anderson said the vaccine could be available to people in the Northern Territory, where the coronovirus was first identified in March.”
Australia has the largest population in the world,” he said.”
There is a large population that is living in remote areas that have never been exposed to the virus.
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