Australian PM says COVID booster hits issue of urgency

CANBERRA, November 26 (Xinhua) — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will send letters urging all Australians to get their coronavirus booster vaccine as soon as possible.

In a letter to every home in Australia, Morrison said that supportive shots are key to keeping Australia open and preventing the deadly fourth wave of COVID-19 infections.

“We’re now reopening thanks to high vaccination rates, our economy is rebounding strongly, and people can return to see their families, travel and live a more normal life,” he wrote.

“An important part of this process is ensuring that everyone in Australia has access to vaccine boosters to help maintain the best possible defense against serious illness or death,” said Morrison. “Everyone in Australia is encouraged to take their vaccine supplements to make sure we can keep each of us safe.”

Every Australian aged 18 years and over is eligible for the booster vaccine six months after the second vaccine.

Australia reported more than 1,600 locally sourced new coronavirus infections and seven deaths on Friday.

As of Thursday, 92 percent of Australians aged 16 and over received a dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 86 percent were fully vaccinated.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt confirmed on Friday that Australian authorities are working with the World Health Organization (WHO) to investigate a new variant found in South Africa.

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