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Australia says international borders to stay shut for 'some time' despite vaccine progress

FILE PHOTO: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison arrives at Haneda airport in Tokyo, Japan, November 17, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia’s borders will likely stay closed for “some time”, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday, despite progress in rolling out COVID-19 vaccines.

Britain on Wednesday approved the use of the Pfizer vaccine, stoking hopes of rapid COVID-19 inoculations across the world.

Still, Morrison said Australia would keep its borders closed to non-Australian citizens and non-permanent residents.

“On international borders we’re still some time away from that,” Morrison told reporters in Canberra.

Reporting by Colin Packham; Editing by Christopher Cushing