National Cabinet preparing for fiery discussions over vaccine, quarantine

It’s set to be a fiery meeting of state and territory leaders at National Cabinet this morning, with a number of tense topics on the agenda.

Queensland’s planning to lead a push to reduce international arrivals again, insisting it’s putting too much pressure on hotel quarantine services.

Victoria and Western Australia are expected to back that push after dealing with similar outbreaks related to hotel quarantine and the highly infectious Delta strain.


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It’s understood they want the numbers slashed by at least 50 per cent.

The vaccine rollout will no doubt be another contentious topic after Queensland declared it would run out of Pfizer doses next week if the federal government didn’t send more.

Canberra has apparently refused, which has lead to doubt and confusion over how many Pfizer jabs could be left before our next shipment arrives around October.

Many are now calling for clarity around Australia’s supply numbers and how best it can be distributed until we get fresh supplies.

At the moment, only those over the age of 40 are eligible to be vaccinated, with the advice for those between 40 and 59 to take Pfizer as the preferred formula.

The Prime Minister will of course be a part of the meeting, as he finishes his two weeks of quarantine today as well.

He spoke to reporters briefly this morning.

For National Cabinet today it is a very important meeting. The country is very much keen for us to chart that way out of where we are and Australia has done incredibly well over the course of these last 18 months but now we need to change gears for the road ahead.

“I was very encouraged yesterday by the record day of vaccinations. The vaccination program is really gathering pace. 

“Some – almost 3.5 million doses administered in the month of June. At that pace we get there by the end of the year and I think that is very encouraging.

“So today we just need to focus on the job for the Australian people and I have every confidence that the National Cabinet will do just that,” the Prime MInister said. 

Are you confident the states will be all right to work with today?” a reporter asked.

“I’m very confident that we will keep working together for what Australia needs to take us through what has been one of the most difficult times in our history,” the Prime Minister replied.

“But National Cabinet has done it before and I’m sure we will do it again today.”