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Australian Open fans criticized for booing Covid-19 vaccine announcement

February 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Australia's government has condemned the "disgusting" behavior of spectators at the Australian Open tennis tournament Sunday, after sections of the crowd loudly booed a speech praising the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine.

(CNN)Australia's government has condemned the "disgusting" behavior of spectators at the Australian Open tennis tournament Sunday, after sections of the crowd loudly booed a speech praising the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Audible boos could be heard throughout the Melbourne crowd of approximately 7,400 during a speech by Tennis Australia chief Jayne Hrdlicka, in which she suggested now was a time for "optimism and hope" with vaccinations "rolling out in many countries the world. "

Australia has secured more than 150 million Covid-19 vaccine doses, with the first batch of Pfizer shots arriving in the country last week, according to health officials.

On Monday, Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack described the behavior of Australian Open spectators as "disgusting," according to Seven News, saying the vaccine was going to get Australia "back to some sort of pre-Covid normality. "

Former Australian tennis star Rennae Stubbs also described the booing by spectators as "disgraceful. " Other Australian public figures including author and astrophysicist Lisa Harvey-Smith joined in on condemning the booing of the vaccine rollout, with Harvey-Smith saying that the spectators needed to "take a long hard look at their privilege. "

The booing at the Australian Open followed a series of small protests across the country on Saturday, where hundreds of anti-vaccination advocates gathered to demonstrate against the vaccine program just days before it was due to begin.

The rallies took place in a number of major Australian cities, including Sydney and Melbourne, according to Seven News.

Evans spoke at an anti-vaccination rally in Sydney on Saturday, according to Seven News,

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