Doherty Institute defends strategy for emerging from COVID-19

But rival modelling suggests opening with 80% vaccination will result in thousands of deaths

The head of the Doherty Institute says Australia can begin to ease COVID-19 restrictions when vaccination targets of 70% and 80% are hit, even if it fails to flatten the curve before then.  

Sydney lockdown

Australia’s planned path out of COVID-19 is based on modelling by the institute that found that, with 70% of people 16 and older fully vaccinated, some public health measures could be eased.  

Contact tracing and isolation would continue but more international arrivals would be allowed, with further