When you can expect a jab, announced on Australia’s 1st COVID anniversary
Jan 25 2021
"The Therapeutic Goods Administration has today provisionally approved the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in Australia".
Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese said the government should expand its vaccine portfolio to the world's best standard of five to six different types.
"The vaccines will require approval from the Africa CDC and further approval from local regulatory and other approval mechanisms", he said, referring to the AU's Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
However due to supply chain issues, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said the intended roll-out date of mid-February has been pushed out to mid-to-late February.
"Our priority has always been to keep Australians safe and protect lives and livelihoods", he said.
"I spoke last night with the regional and Australian heads of Pfizer and they indicated... that we are likely to have, on their shipping advice which they have now been able to confirm, first vaccines in Australia, ready for distribution in late February", Minister for Health Greg Hunt said in a press conference on Monday.
"It doesn't mean that the masks disappear if that is what the public health arrangements are in a particular state or territory or the quarantine arrangements for return into Australia will end or anything like this", he said.
It is yet to be announced what role Australian airlines will play in the rollout of the vaccine, however it is assumed to be a significant one.
The Pfizer coronavirus vaccine will be the first one administered in Australia with the first jabs set for late next month.
Remarking on temporary production delays in response to "extraordinary global demand", Morrison and Hunt left open the possibility the vaccine rollout could begin in March.
If you're anxious about effectiveness, the Pfizer vaccine has been proven to be around 95% effective in preventing COVID-19 after multiple trials.
Mr Morrison said the vaccination rollout would not immediately lead to a relaxation of restrictions around worldwide travel, social distancing or masks. After a thorough review, it was revealed the deaths were not caused by the vaccine.
He said the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine would commence in early March, subject to TGA approval, after which domestic production will see approximately one million vaccines made available per week, from late March.
"We will communicate openly and in a timely way about the vaccine rollout, so Canberrans will know when they can get the vaccine, how to get it and what to do when the time comes", the spokesperson said.
The Government is hoping to have around 80,000 people vaccinated every month. In contrast, the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is easier to store and transport, is being manufactured by CSL in Melbourne.
"The Pfizer vaccine has met strict standards for safety, quality and efficacy".