A two-week pause will allow for a more detailed study of the effectiveness of vaccines in the fight against Omicron, Australia said.
Australia has postponed the opening of its borders to some foreign citizens amid the spread of the new COVID-19 Omicron strain.
This is reported by the BBC.
It is noted that since December 1, the Australian government planned to allow entry of migrants vaccinated against coronavirus and foreign students, but after the discovery of Omicron, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that “a two-week delay.
The Australian National Security Committee also noted that the pause will allow for a more detailed study of issues such as” vaccine efficacy “and the impact of the new variant of the coronavirus.
Note that Australia, until recently, had one of the strictest border policies in the world, prohibiting even its own citizens from leaving the country.
The decision allowed the country to control the COVID-19 pandemic, but led to the separation of many families. The event was softened only in November this year, when the vaccinated Australians were allowed to unite with their relatives.
Note that in Australia, five cases of infection with the new Omicron COVID strain have already been discovered. In general, this variant of the coronavirus has already been recorded in Europe and North America. In particular, on Sunday, 13 cases of the new COVID-19 strain were registered in the Netherlands, and two in Canada.
November 26, World Health Organization qualified a new strain of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus , which has received the name “Omicron”, as causing concern. This variant was first discovered in early November in South African countries.