Why vaccinating 80% of the population is our ticket out of lockdowns (and how to get there)

Compared to the rest of the world, Australia has fared incredibly well throughout the global COVID pandemic. We have had fewer cases and deaths than most countries, fewer days in lockdown, and one of the shortest recessions.

But that’s not to say maintaining this suppression strategy hasn’t been easy. Sydney is experiencing a large Delta outbreak yet; Victoria just came out of its fifth lockdown. With only 14 per cent of Australians fully vaccinated, and vaccine supplies still constrained, it feels like there is no end in sight. Other countries like the UK and US are beginning to reopen and go back to life as normal, yet Australia is still shut off from the rest of the world.

But the good news is, vaccines give us a way out. The wonder of vaccines is that they can carry us out of this mess to a world where lockdowns are no longer needed, and COVID is not a major public health threat.

Join Tom Crowley, Will Mackey, Anika Stobart, and Brendan Coates, as they discuss their latest report Race to 80: our best shot at living with COVID, and how Australia can end lockdowns and start to reopen its border once 80 per cent of the population is vaccinated.

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