随着封锁继续影响到全国数百万人，而令人鼓舞的是，本周澳大利亚的 COVID-19 疫苗接种计划达到了新的高度，单日注射了创纪录的 335,420 剂，使注射总数超过1800 万。
这相当于每分钟 230 针，比世界上几乎任何其他地方都快。
这也意味着超过 55% 的 16 岁以上的澳大利亚人现在已经接种了第一剂疫苗，并且几乎三分之一的人已经完全接种了疫苗。
正如总理所强调的那样，疫苗接种计划很重要，因为我们不能永远处于封锁状态。根据全国所有州长和领地首领签署的一项国家计划，一旦达到 70-80% 的疫苗目标澳洲就走向放松限制、开放经济和为未来带来希望的途径。当正在澳大利亚人坚持他们的目标时，我们的领导人保证实施他们的目标这一点上是很重要。
与此同时，莫里森政府在此期间继续支持就业和小生意。本周早些时候，我们扩大了中小企业复苏贷款计划，该计划已经为受疫情影响的企业提供了 62 亿元的支持。
随着阿富汗当前局势的迅速发展，政府继续夜以继日地工作，让澳大利亚人和我们的阿富汗盟友撤离喀布尔，现已撤离了大约 4,000 名澳大利亚公民和签证持有人。澳大利亚人应该为 ADF、DFAT 和当地内政事务人员所做的如此出色的工作感到自豪。
Parliament Update: 23th - 26th August 2021
With lockdowns continuing to impact millions of people across the country, it was encouraging to see Australia's COVID-19 vaccination program reach new heights this week, with a record 335,420 doses administered in a single day, bringing the total number of jabs given to more than 18 million.
This equates to 230 jabs per minute, faster than almost anywhere else in the world has achieved.
This also means that over 55 per cent of Australians over 16 have now had their first dose and almost 1 in 3 are fully vaccinated.
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As the Prime Minister has highlighted, the vaccination program is important because we can't live in lockdown forever. Under the National Plan that all Premiers and Chief Ministers around the country have signed up to, hitting the 70-80% vaccine target is the pathway to restrictions easing, opening up the economy and providing hope for the future. While Australians are upholding their end of the bargain, it is important that our leaders keep theirs.
In the meantime, the Morrison Government is continuing to support jobs and small business during this time. Earlier this week, we expanded the SME Recovery loan scheme, which has already provided $6.2 billion in support for businesses impacted by the pandemic.
With the ongoing situation in Afghanistan rapidly evolving, the Government continues to work around the clock to get Australians and our Afghan allies out of Kabul and has now evacuated around 4,000 Australian citizens and visa holders. Australians should be proud of the efforts of the ADF, DFAT and Home Affairs personnel on the ground who are doing such an incredible job.
Finally, new laws passed the Parliament this week that provide law enforcement agencies with new capabilities to identify and disrupt serious criminal activity occurring online. The dark web is the gateway for crimes like child exploitation, drug trafficking, and illegal firearms and police will now have the tools they need to target criminals hiding behind the anonymity of the dark web.
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The Hon Michael Sukkar MP
Federal Member for Deakin
Minister for Housing
Minister for Homelessness, Social and Community Housing