- Citizens of Australia may be banned from flights, restaurants and public transportation if they don't take a Covid-19 vaccine
- The Australian prime minister said he will make the vaccine as compulsory as possible
- The government hopes to get a coronavirus vaccine by early 2021
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A report by Daily Mail indicates that the Australian government is considering banning citizens in the country from flights, restaurants and public transportation if they don't get a Covid-19 vaccine.
Dr Nick Coatsworth, the deputy chief medical officer, made the disclosure on Wednesday, August 19 at a press conference.
According to Coatsworth, health officials and ministers would discuss measures to encourage Australians to take the coronavirus vaccine.
"Looking at specific things like not being able to go into restaurants, not being able to travel internationally, not being able to catch public transport... these are clearly policy decisions that will be discussed."
The deputy chief medical officer went on to add that there is currently no mechanism to enforce the rule. Dr Coatsworth said the people could be given certificates by the government to prove they have taken the vaccine.
Scott Morrison, the prime minister of Australia, on his part speaking in a radio interview said he will make the coronavirus vaccine compulsory. However, thousands of anti-vaxxers have now bombarded politicians when news of the vaccine broke, saying they will not take it.
By early 2021, the Australian government hopes a coronavirus vaccine will reach the country as they have signed a deal to bring Oxford University's vaccine as soon as it is approved.
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Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that on Sunday, 16 August, Chinese authorities granted the first patent for a Covid-19 vaccine named Ad5-nCoV.
The patent granted by the country’s National Intellectual Property Administration was jointly applied for by a Chinese biopharmaceutical company called CanSino Biologics Inc and a research team with the Academy of Military Sciences.
The recombinant Covid-19 vaccine was developed by a research team led by Chen Wei, an infectious disease expert and researcher at the Institute of Military Medicine.
According to the patent abstract report, the vaccine can be produced quickly on a large scale to cope with a Covid-19 outbreak.
In a related development, Russia announced plans to launch its Covid-19 vaccine on Wednesday, 12 August without the certification of the World Health Organization.
The three phases of human trials by Russia have successfully been completed as the country plans to go into mass production.
It should be noted that the country has two test candidates. One is for a vaccine being worked on by the Vektor State Research Centre of Virology and Biotechnology while the second is being handled by the Gamaleya Scientific Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology in collaboration with the Russian Defence Ministry.
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