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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/13/vaccine-hesitancy-and-variants-mean-australia-may-not-reach-covid-herd-immunity-researchersVaccine hesitancy and variants mean Australia may not reach Covid herd immunity – researchers
Modelling by the Burnet Institute indicates some need for lockdowns and other public health measures will remain long term. . . .
Australia is unlikely to achieve herd immunity with current levels of Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy and the higher infectiousness of new variants, modelling from Melbourne medical research laboratory the Burnet Institute has found.
The scenarios modelled by researchers assume a vaccine rollout speed of either 150,000 or 250,000 doses per week, and that on detection of the first case, symptomatic testing increases, isolation of positive cases continues, masks become recommended but not mandatory, and contact tracing continues for up to 250 diagnoses per day.
The projections represent hypothetical near-worst-case scenarios, and model outbreaks that occur once Australia is Covid-free, without lockdowns and other public health measures in place.
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The models reveal that public health initiatives will remain vital even in vaccinated populations and that without those measures, “thousands of Victorians would be hospitalised and die if an initially small outbreak was left to spread through the community unchecked,” the research published on Friday says.