The National Cabinet had a meeting on the 30th of July 2021 to discuss the recent outbreaks of the Covid-19 Pandemic in the country, Australia’s Covid-19 response and the national plan to transition Australia’s national covid-19 response. As the Covid-19 pandemic has taken the world by storm and there’re more than 33,909 Covid-19 cases reported in Australia. Among which 923 people have died. There’re up to 24.8 million tests for Covid-19 which have been conducted all over Australia.
Situation of Covid-19 Cases
The Covid-19 cases continue to rise in many other countries as well as in Australia. If we talk about the number of Covid-19 cases on globally so, we’ll come to know that there’re approximately 196.5 million cases reported. Unfortunately, 4.1 million people couldn’t survive.
The testing for Covid-19 has been increased in all Australian states due to the outbreak of Delta Variant. There’re more than 1,209,935 million tests that have been undertaken within the last 7 days. Furthermore, there’re around 660,253 new cases and 11,538 deaths reported in Australia within the last 24 hours.
Roll Out of Covid-19 Vaccine in Australia
The Government of Australia has expanded the roll out of the Covid-19 vaccine in all Australian states due to the rising cases. There’re more than 12,005,978 doses of vaccine which have been conducted in Australia. Likewise, more than 1,154,985 vaccines have been provided to Australia with the last 7 days. The Australian residents are advised by the PM of Australia as well to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
There’re more than 39.9% of Australian residents who’re 16 years of age or above have taken the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Likewise, 78.5% of 70-year-old people and 64.6% of 50-year-old people have also gotten their first dose. Besides, there’re more than 18.2% of Australians who’re 16 or above, are fully vaccinated. People who’re completely vaccinated in Australia also include 40.5% of 70-year-olds and 25.2% of 50-year-olds.
Latest Updates on Covid-19 Vaccination Program
Acting Chief Medical Officer, Professor Michael Kidd and Coordinator-General of Operation COVID Shield, Lieutenant General John Frewen have given an update on the Covid-19 vaccination program. The National Cabinet has got a general briefing from Professor Jodie McVernon, the Director of Doherty Epidemiology. The briefing has demonstrated the whole process of Covid-19 infections and vaccination. Moreover, the briefing describes the target levels of transition to Phase B and Phase C of the four-step National Plan to Transition Australia’s National Covid-19 Response.
The briefing from Professor Jodie McVernon includes a discussion about the results of vaccines for Delta Variant. He talked about the seriousness of rising cases of Coronavirus and its transmission in Australia. The modeling by Covid-19 Risk Analysis and Response Taskforce (Taskforce) has provided an updated four-step National Plan to Transition Australia’s National Covid-19 Response. It’s directed by Commonwealth Treasury economic impact analysis of COVID-19 transitions and the Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Mr. Phil Gaetjens.
The Commonwealth, state and territory Treasuries, Health Departments and First Secretaries Departments have agreed on the analysis of the four-step National Plan to Transition Australia’s National Covid-19 Response. All parties have stressed the importance of Australian residents and people in vulnerable groups. They’re being preferred to get the Covid-19 vaccination as soon as possible.
AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines for Covid-19 have been registered to use in Australia. Both vaccines are highly recommended and have proven to be very beneficial in severe cases.
National Plan to Transition Australia’s National COVID-19 Response
The four-phase National Plan to transition Australia’s National COVID-19 Response has been accepted by the National Cabinet by considering the Commonwealth Department of Treasury economic analysis and Doherty Institute COVID-19 modeling. Furthermore, the National Plan to Transition Australia’s National Covid-19 Response has a graduated pathway from its pre-vaccination plans to post-vaccination plans.
The pre-vaccination plans aim to suppress the continuous transmission of Covid-19 in the Australian community. Whereas, the post-vaccination plans are focused to stop serious infection and illness. However, the public health management for the Covid-19 will remain the same.
The transition will be put into force through four phases which have been set by the National Plan. Each phase will be triggered by reaching the threshold of vaccination according to the eligible population. All this process will be based on the economic and scientific research modeling which is organized for the COVID-19 Risk Analysis and Response Taskforce.
The sub-group of the National Cabinet which consists of Tasmania, Victoria and the Northern Territory will plan strategies that how they can ease the Covid-19 restrictions for vaccinated people in Australia in Phase B.
Phase A. (Vaccinate, Prepare and Pilot)
Australia will implement measures to control the transmission of Coronavirus in the community. These measures also include the increase in vaccination rates in Australia, short lockdowns in case if the situation gets worst and closure of all borders to keep the infected people out of the country.
Phase B. Vaccination Transition Phase (70% of Adult Population Fully Vaccinated)
In the measures of Phase B of the National Plan, Australia will keep the vaccination rate high, minimize the Covid-19 cases in Australian states with lockdowns and by effective track and trace. Australia will also seek measures to lessen the cases of serious illness, fatalities and hospitalizations with the help of low-level restrictions for Covid-19.
Phase C. Vaccination Consolidation Phase (≥80% of Adult Population Fully Vaccinated)
Australia will use measures to reduce the cases for Covid-19, hospitalizations and fatalities as a result of Covid-19 with baseline restrictions. Measures for Phase C will include more coverage of vaccination in Australia, lesser baseline restrictions to minimize the Covid-19 cases without highly targeted lockdowns.
Phase D. (Post Vaccination Phase)
In the final phase of the National Plan, Australia will open its borders for all countries. The measures for Phase D will consist of minimizing the Covid-19 cases without implementing the lockdown restriction in states. Moreover, quarantine will be needed for only high-risk in-bound traveling.
The National Cabinet has discussed the four-phase national plan to transition Australia’s National COVID-19 Response. It has officially agreed on the National Plan by coordinating with the Commonwealth, state and territory Treasuries, First Secretaries Departments and Health Departments. All of the four phases will be initiated on the basis of the vaccination threshold of each phase.
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