Prime Minister Scott Morrison has refused to place a goal on when he expects all eligible Australians to obtain their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Releasing an announcement on Fb, Mr Morrison mentioned whereas he want to see these doses administered “by the top of the yr”, it’s merely “not doable”.
The Prime Minister confirmed that up to now, 1.16 million doses have been administered to Australians.
“The Authorities has additionally not set, nor has any plans to set any new targets for finishing first doses,” Mr Morrison wrote on Fb.
“Whereas we want to see these doses accomplished earlier than the top of the yr, it’s not doable to set such targets given the numerous uncertainties concerned.
“We are going to simply get on with the job of working collectively to supply, distribute and administer the vaccines as safely and effectively as doable.”
The backdown on timelines comes as the federal government faces quite a few hurdles in rolling out the vaccine.
Current up to date recommendation stunted the rollout of the AstraZeneca jab – the locally-produced vial designated to be the “workhorse” of the federal government’s plan – after an especially uncommon blood clotting dysfunction was discovered to doubtlessly have an effect on some individuals.
Different tensions have arisen between the Commonwealth and the state and territory governments, every blaming the opposite for a perceived lack of pace.
Regardless of this, the prime minister praised the virtues of the rollout so far, noting how vaccinations are actually being administered by native GPs.
“You possibly can see that 1.16 million doses have now been administered, with over 465,000 given by our GPs. One other 1,000 GPs are anticipated to affix the rollout this week, taking the overall quantity to over 4,000,” he wrote.
“On the finish of this previous week, it is also necessary to notice that greater than 142,000 doses have been administered to our aged care residents, in additional than 1,000 amenities, with over 46,000 of those now being second does in over 500 amenities.”
Mr Morrison’s put up coincides with the rollout of a brand new each day dashboard the place Australians can monitor the progress of the rollout, each domestically and internationally.