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(Last Updated On: October 1, 2021)

Australia is beginning to remove some of the world’s most intense pandemic border restrictions as vaccination rates across the country approach the key threshold of 80%.

Australia acknowledged the injection of COVID-19 from Chinas Sinovac Biotech Ltd. and the hits from AstraZeneca Plc made in India, paving the way for foreign travelers and foreign students who have received those vaccines to enter the country.

The nation’s top drug regulator, the Therapeutics Administration, said the injections should be “recognized vaccines” to determine that incoming travelers will be vaccinated, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Friday.

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Australia is beginning to remove some of the world’s most intense pandemic border restrictions as vaccination rates across the country approach the key threshold of 80%.

Recognition of the Beijing-based Sinovacs injection, which has been approved by the World Health Organization for emergency use, stands in stark contrast to the UK and neighboring New Zealand, which are not yet backing it. Several European countries have said they will accept the vaccine, known as Coronavac, as part of vaccinated entry programs.

The United States indicated something similar when it announced plans to open entry to most vaccinated foreigners last week.

Friday’s announcement potentially opens the door to thousands of foreign students who have been excluded from Australia during the pandemic. International education is a lucrative source of income for the country, worth A $ 14.6 billion ($ 11 billion) for the state of New South Wales in 2019 alone.

“Very soon, we will be able to open those international borders again,” Morrison told reporters. “This will start to happen from next month.”

Vaccines made by Sinovac and state-owned Sinopharm are among the most widely used in China, with efficacy rates ranging from 50% to 80% in preventing symptomatic Covid, lower than mRNA vaccines developed in China.

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The US Sinovac is also one of the most widely deployed Covid jacks globally, used from Indonesia to Brazil and Turkey. Chile said earlier this week that it would begin giving it to children between the ages of six and 11.

Covishield, also recognized on Friday, is the name of the AstraZeneca Plc injection made by the Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer.

By Anupama

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