Nobel laureate Peter Doherty predicts Australian politicians reluctant to ...

Nobel laureate Peter Doherty predicts Australian politicians reluctant to ...
Nobel laureate Peter Doherty predicts Australian politicians reluctant to ...
When WILL Australia reopen? Nobel Prize winner predicts when lockdowns and travel bans will be scrapped before criticising long-term border closures: 'We don't shut down because of flu' Immunologist Peter Doherty predicts politicians won't want to reopen Australia Professor Doherty said Australians were conditioned to the idea of zero Covid He supported existing lockdowns with Australia having a low vaccination rate  But he suggested longer-term restrictions like shutting down 'because of the flu' 

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Nobel laureate Peter Doherty is predicting politicians will be reluctant to reopen Australia next year even as vaccination rates surge and people stop dying of Covid.

The immunologist, 80, renowned for discovering the role of T cells in the immune system, said Australians living through lockdowns were conditioned to the zero Covid strategy.

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'We will get back to a more normal life next year I expect, but it is going to be difficult politically for the politicians to open up because there will be disease circulating and we are so accustomed to the idea that no virus should circulate,' Professor Doherty told the ABC's 7.30 program.

Nobel laureate Peter Doherty is predicting politicians will be reluctant to reopen Australia next year even as vaccination rates surge and people stop dying of Covid or getting sick

Nobel laureate Peter Doherty is predicting politicians will be reluctant to reopen Australia next year even as vaccination rates surge and people stop dying of Covid or getting sick

The former Australian of the Year suggested never-ending lockdowns, once Australia had high vaccination rates that prevented death and serious illness, would be an overreaction.

'We don't shut down the country because of flu,' he said. 

Professor Doherty made the observations as New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian prepared to announce Sydney's lockdowns, which began on June 26, would be extended for at least another four weeks.

He is backing the existing lockdown strategy, with just 16.7 per cent of Australians over 16 fully vaccinated against Covid,

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