The much-anticipated reopening of Australia’s international borders will depend on one key thing, Health Minister Greg Hunt says.

Mr Hunt dashed people’s hopes this month when he revealed that vaccines alone would not guarantee the lifting of overseas travel restrictions.

But on Tuesday he opened up about what was involved in the decision.

“What we have got to, I think, is a very clear, common, national position of progressive opening,” Mr Hunt said.

“So our approach is to open as quickly and as safely as possible but subject to safety.

“Then as we have greater vaccination, we have more data globally. All of that allows us to make better and informed choices.”

Mr Hunt said the government was charting two things; the vaccination program and the reopening program.

“But always reopening in a way that is safe and consistent but done in partnership with the states,” he said.

“We want to continue to protect Australians.”

Australia recorded no new cases of community transmission on Tuesday when it was expected to have 1.7 million vaccine doses administered.

Vaccine Operations Centre Commodore Eric Young said this included vaccinations at aged care homes where 1341 people had received a first dose and 749 a second dose.

“Last week, we administered 330,000 doses of vaccine to, again, our most vulnerable Australians,” Mr Young said.

He said almost 600,000 vaccine doses were distributed last week, and the centre was improving its processes and communication with sites.

“We distribute every vaccine that is supplied to us with the exception of an appropriate contingency,” Mr Young said.

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