Pictured: US Ambassador Arthur Sinodinos
Australia's man in Washington has suggested the border could stay shut until the entire world is vaccinated.
US Ambassador Arthur Sinodinos told an online forum for the Hudson Institute that although border closures are costing Australia's economy billions, it might be years before citizens get on a plane or return home without having to quarantine.
There were hopes that when Australia's Covid vaccine rollout is completed late this year the border shutdown, which has been in effect since March, 2020, would come to a end.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
But Mr Sinodinos said it may take a lot longer given how scared Australians citizens are and how popular strict lockdown measures have become with the public as a result - giving politicians plenty of incentive to support them.
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Australia's man in Washington has suggested that Australia's border could remain shut until the entire world is vaccinated
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'Until the world as a whole is vaccinated, and I'm thinking here of India, and other places, then we're never going to be completely out of this,' he said.
'This is a genuine externality problem, or public good problem, where we're all in this together and people in developing countries being vaccinated is as important as people in our own countries being vaccinated.'
With the highest case numbers in the world in the US, there has been 'a real urgency' to get vaccinated for public health reasons, he said.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Mr Sinodinos said Australia has not faced the same pressures because case numbers have been far lower.
'For us there's a real economic imperative to getting