Australia secures extra 20M doses of Pfizer vaccine

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that Australia has secured an additional 20 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

It comes after the Federal Government last night recommended people aged under 50 receive the Pfizer vaccine, over concerns about rare blood clots potentially linked to the AstraZeneca jab.

“Through our advance purchase agreement with Pfizer these additional 20 million Pfizer doses means that Australia will now receive a total of 40 million Pfizer doses in 2021,” Mr Morrison said.


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“It is anticipated that these additional 20 million doses will be available in quarter four of this year, that’s our current instruction, and we will obviously be doing everything we can to seek to move that forward where we can.

“But that is very welcome news, particularly in the light of the information that we received from ATAGI last night,” the Prime Minister said.

Health Minister Greg Hunt said Australia was able to secure the new vaccines thanks to “rapid negotiations” with Pfizer Australia and Pfizer Global overnight.

He said while the new medical advice has caused some disruptions, the country’s vaccine rollout remains “largely unchanged”.

“In terms of the continuity of the program I think it is very important to emphasise that the basic settings as we progress through 1A and 1B and even phase 2A are largely unchanged,” Minister Hunt said.

“For those who may be immunocompromised or front-line workers who are under 50, then right now we are working with the States and Territories and the medical authorities to revise that part of the program so they have access to Pfizer… That will take time.

“Then as we move into phase 2A, that itself is also focused on the over 50s and over 60s and their access to AstraZeneca remains unchanged.

“It is really after that with regards to the under 50s and that is the same time as we start to have very significant doses of Pfizer come onboard.”

The Prime Minister revealed today’s National Cabinet meeting also saw State leaders agree to “the principles for Australia’s COVID-19 management and reopening”.

“The message from National Cabinet is we want to open up more, we want to do it safely, we want to ease restrictions,” Mr Morrison said.

“We want to do that in a consistent way across the country and we want to do that because we know we are not just managing the health but we are managing the economics as well for people’s livelihoods and wellbeing.”