During the finals of the Australian Open, some fans on the field booed when they mentioned the launch of the new crown virus vaccine on the spot. The Australian government criticized this.
The fans cheering for the new crown vaccine took place at the award ceremony of the men’s singles final. At that time, an official of the tennis governing body mentioned that the global efforts for the vaccine were encouraging.
Australia is currently starting a national vaccination program.
Australian Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack called the audience’s behavior at the Australian Open “disgusting”.
“I don’t like booing on any occasion, especially sports events,” he told the media in Canberra on Monday (February 22).
“These vaccines will bring our country back to its normal state before the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
Men’s tennis No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic (Novak Djokovic, Zugoyu) defeated Russian Daniil Medvedev (Daniil Medvedev) in Sunday’s men’s singles final.
Djokovic has been criticized for his casual attitude towards the restrictions and health measures related to the new crown epidemic in the past.
Australia started the first phase of vaccination on Monday. Frontline medical, sanitation and isolation workers will receive the first batch of 60,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine this week.
The vaccine program has received widespread local support, but it has also caused some protests. On Saturday, a small number of anti-vaccine demonstrators gathered in Melbourne and Sydney to protest against the vaccine promotion plan.
In Melbourne, where the Australian Open was held, Jayne Hrdlicka, the chairman of the Australian Tennis Association, mentioned the Victorian government when thanking the authorities, and the audience immediately booed.
Last week, the Victorian government ordered residents of the state to impose a five-day temporary lockdown order to prevent a new outbreak of the epidemic. The Australian Open is allowed to be held as scheduled, and the virus epidemic has not spread.
The basic situation of the Australian epidemic
In Australia, vaccination is not mandatory, but health authorities strongly recommend vaccination. Australia’s goal is to vaccinate 4 million people by the beginning of March-about one-sixth of the country’s population.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was one of the first to be vaccinated on Sunday, and the vaccination process was also broadcasted to strengthen the country’s confidence in the vaccine.
Government polls show that close to two-thirds of Australians said they would be “sure” of being vaccinated, while slightly more than a quarter said they were “unsure”.
Australia has already obtained some batches of Pfizer vaccine, and last week it also announced the approval of the use of AstraZeneca vaccine.
Both vaccines have passed large-scale safety tests and have been used in several countries.
Critics have always said that Australia has promoted the vaccination plan later than several other Western countries, which may be the reason for the recent increase in the number of people who are “uncertain” about the vaccine.
The Australian government explained the delay in the promotion of the vaccine, saying that the government hopes that all aspects of the vaccine will be fully approved by the regulatory agency before acting, and the country’s low infection rate means that there is no need to implement emergency vaccination.
As of Monday, Australia has fewer than 40 active cases, and most of them have been in the country’s hotel isolation program. Since the global pandemic, Australia has recorded 29,000 confirmed cases and 909 deaths, much less than many countries.
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