Sumary of ‘I’m sorry’: Scott Morrison apologises for slow pace of Australia’s vaccine rollout:
- “I’m certainly sorry we haven’t been able to achieve the marks that we hoped for at the beginning of this year,” the prime minister told reporters in Canberra on Thursday when announcing that pharmacies, backed by a commonwealth indemnity, would be able to administer AstraZeneca vaccinations from August.
- ”With new Covid infections continuing to rise and millions of Australians locked down, Morrison used a number of media interviews on Thursday to encourage people to get vaccinated.
- The prime minister said the risks associated with the Delta variant made it imperative to get more “horsepower” behind the AstraZeneca vaccine.
- As well as refusing to apologise for problems with the rollout on Wednesday, Morrison also engaged in public lobbying of the Australian technical advisory group on immunisation to change its public health advice on AstraZeneca.
- The prime minister said the latest outbreak required a new risk assessment to ensure more people got vaccinated.
- As the public backlash has grown about a lack of vaccine supply, Morrison has sought to shift criticism of the troubled vaccine rollout onto the independent advisory board.
- The TGA has noted that in Australia, severe cases of TTS appeared to be more common in women in younger age groups.
- Morrison’s reflections on Atagi attracted the ire of the Victorian health minister, Martin Foley, on Thursday.