Coronavirus: Australia launches debate on compulsory vaccine

Sydney (AFP) - Australia on Wednesday kicked off the debate on the need for countries to make future coronavirus vaccine mandatory, as contaminations start to rise again and restrictions multiply around the world.

"There are still exemptions from vaccination, for medical reasons, but that should be the only one," Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.Getting vaccinated should "be compulsory".

His country has secured a "promising" vaccine thanks to an agreement with the Swedish-British pharmaceutical group AstraZeneca.

Ahead of criticism from anti-vaccine movements, Morrison said the stakes were too high to allow the disease to continue to spread freely."We are talking about a pandemic that has destroyed the global economy and caused hundreds thousands of deaths around the world, ”he said.

- Fauci against the obligation -

In the United States, Doctor Anthony Fauci, director of the American Institute of Infectious Diseases, said on Wednesday that the United States would not make any future vaccine compulsory, which does not however exclude local obligations for children.

"We cannot force, or attempt to force people to be vaccinated, we never have," said Dr.Fauci, a member of the White House virus cell, in a video exchange.organized by George Washington University.

The most bereaved nation, the United States has recorded a total of 172,965 deaths, or 1,286 more in the past 24 hours.The country has almost a quarter of diagnosed cases worldwide, according to a count from Johns Hopkins University Wednesday.

In Latin America, Colombia, the 4th most affected country after Brazil, Mexico and Peru, has crossed the bar of half a million cases, and Argentina that of 300,000 contaminations, according to the Ministry of Health.

Posted Date: 2021-01-16

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