Allison Langdon has called out a health expert for arguing Melbourne should wait until 90 per cent of its residents are vaccinated against Covid-19 before ending lockdowns for good - as Victoria recorded 603 new cases of the virus and one death.
The daily rise in cases is the highest since August 1 of last year.
University of Melbourne researchers have claimed a state with the population of Victoria would still need to lockdown for more than half the year at 80 per cent double dose to keep the annual death rate below 1000.
Epidemiologist Tony Blakely, the report's co-author, said lockdowns could only be a thing of the past once 90 per cent of all Australians over the age of five are vaccinated.
The Today show co-host on Tuesday though questioned if such a goal could even be achieved when no country in the world had yet reached a 90 per cent vaccination rate.
'Can I ask why you're confident that we will get to 90 per cent when we've seen no country anywhere in the world reach that point?' she asked.
Professor Blakely said countries such as Singapore, which has an 81 per cent double-dose rate, were on their way to reaching that figure.
'I believe we will get there, but it won't be overnight,' he said. 'It will be slower progress from 80 to 90 per cent than it has been so far.'
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