Sumary of PM accused of vaccine ‘blame shifting’:
- The Prime Minister’s “constant appeal” to the vaccine advisory group to change its AstraZeneca advice has been described as “unusual” and an “unnecessary shot” at the nation’s medical experts.
- Victoria’s Health Minister, Martin Foley, was asked about Scott Morrison’s comments where the Prime Minister said he had appealed to the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) to change its advice and recommend the jab to younger Australians.
- ”The AstraZeneca vaccine is currently only recommended to Australians aged over 60, but the Prime Minister said the risk of the virus had changed, given the nation’s latest outbreaks.
- “ATAGI is an advisory group, as is implicit in its name, and they are the most pre-eminent physicians and experts in their field and they respond to the issues that governments put to them.