PM pushing ahead with plan to reopen at 70 per cent vaccination rateHealth
Posted on Aug. 24, 2021, 5:15 a.m.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has declared Australia must move to end the lockdowns once the vaccination rate hits 70 per cent declaring a new dawn of greater freedoms is not far away.
Bluntly warning that state premiers we cannot “stay in the cave forever”, the Prime Minister has warned Australians must accept greater daily case numbers when the economy reopens.
But he stressed lower rates of deaths and hospitalisation as vaccines provide greater protection.
“We can‘t stay in the cave forever. That’s not sustainable,’’ he said.
“We have to move forward. We cannot hold back. Our task between that day and now is to ensure that we ready ourselves for that next phase.
“Cases will not be the issue once we get above 70 per cent. Dealing with serious illness, hospitalisation, ICU capabilities, our ability to respond in those circumstances, that will be our goal and we will live with this virus as we live with other infectious diseases. That’s what the national plan is all about, was always about, that’s how we designed it.”