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Australia’s budget assumes a coronavirus vaccine will be ready next year. Is that likely? – SBS News

OPINION: Even if Australia does get a successful vaccine, it won’t necessarily mark the immediate end of COVID-19, writes public health academic Holly Seale.

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The Australian federal budget, unveiled on Tuesday, bases several assumptions on Australians having access to a COVID-19 vaccine in 2021.
This timeline is possible, according to researchers on the frontline of vaccine development. A survey published in early October asked 28 US and Canadian experts when they thought a COVID-19 vaccine would be available.
They werent optimistic a vaccine would be available before mid-2021, but on average thought September or October 2021 was achievable. However…

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