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Australia Alan Joyce warns tourists and students will abandon Australia

03:09  10 march  2021
03:09  10 march  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Qantas boss Alan Joyce has warned tourists and students could abandon Australia if border closures remain a long-term plank of pandemic proofing.

He believes Australia could lose investment if travel restrictions remain a key part of responding to the virus.

'The travellers will go elsewhere. The students will go elsewhere,' he told the Australian Financial Review's business summit.

The Qantas chief executive said the Australian public must be conditioned to move away from a zero-case goal as the pandemic rolls on.

Alan Joyce wearing a suit and tie: Qantas boss Alan Joyce has warned tourists and students could abandon Australia if border closures remain a long-term plank of pandemic proofing © Provided by Daily Mail Qantas boss Alan Joyce has warned tourists and students could abandon Australia if border closures remain a long-term plank of pandemic proofing

The influential CEO also reiterated his support for a world health passport system, saying countries will require vaccination proof to allow people in.

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'We already do it with yellow fever,' he said.

Mr Joyce wants an end to inconsistency between states, a two-day warning before borders shut and a timeline for border restrictions to end during the vaccine rollout.

He also raised a vaccine check for pubs and restaurants with similar measures raised by some industry figures.

Mr Joyce's comments come Health Department boss Brendan Murphy defended the pace of the nation's coronavirus vaccine rollout, arguing that Australia's lack of community transmission allows time to be taken.


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More than 100,000 vaccines have now been administered, which is lower than initially promised for the third week of the rollout.

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'This is not a race,' Mr Murphy told reporters on Wednesday.

'We have no burning platform in Australia. We are taking it as quickly and carefully and safely as we can.

a group of people standing in a room: The Qantas chief executive said the Australian public must be conditioned to move away from a zero-case goal as the pandemic rolls on (stock image) © Provided by Daily Mail The Qantas chief executive said the Australian public must be conditioned to move away from a zero-case goal as the pandemic rolls on (stock image)

'We are not like the US or the UK or most other countries in the world where they have got people in hospital dying.'

The government remains confident Australia is on track to have offered every adult at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine by October.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Professor Murphy, the former chief medical officer, visited the medical regulator's headquarters in Canberra to witness batch testing of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Mr Morrison said one quarter of the 100,000 vaccines administered had been to the most vulnerable Australians, namely those in aged and disability care.

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a man and a woman taking a selfie: Mr Joyce's comments come Health Department boss Brendan Murphy defended the pace of the nation's coronavirus vaccine rollout © Provided by Daily Mail Mr Joyce's comments come Health Department boss Brendan Murphy defended the pace of the nation's coronavirus vaccine rollout

Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines from overseas are currently part of the rollout, with locally made doses of the latter option to be given to Australians from March 22.

Professor Murphy said recent data out of the UK had shown both vaccine options were on par, after initial studies showed Pfizer was more effective.

'We have two vaccines that are indistinguishably effective,' he said.

'We have two brilliant vaccines, really brilliant vaccines, much better efficacy than the flu vaccines we get every year.'

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