Virgin CEO Jayne Hrdlicka warns Australia 'can't keep COVID out forever' and needs to now plan to reopen borders
Virgin Australia CEO Jayne Hrdlicka says Australia cannot keep its borders shut indefinitely despite the risk of COVID-19.
"We can't keep [COVID] out forever," she said. “It will make us sick but it won’t put us into hospital. Some people may die but it will be way smaller than the flu.”
"The question when we will be sufficiently vaccinated to protect our people and our hospital system to open our international borders,"
Labor's health spokesman Mark Butler said the Virgin CEO’s comments were not helpful.
"I'm not sure, with the greatest respect, that those sorts of contributions are going to do much to bend the will of the Australian public to what she wants to do," Mr Butler said.
However the Australian Medical Association joined calls from the New South Wales government and some business leaders for the federal government to provide a roadmap for when borders could reopen.
'We can't keep COVID out forever': Virgin boss says Australia needs to consider plan for reopening borders
Virgin Australia CEO Jayne Hrdlicka says Australia needs to discuss opening up its borders as the vaccine rollout ramps up.