PM secures 500,000 Pfizer doses on a swap deal with Singapore

The Prime Minister’s made another deal to get more vaccines into Australia early, as the nation works towards an 80 per cent vaccination target.

Singapore has agreed to a ‘swap’, where it will send us 500,000 Pfizer doses this week and will be able to be administered as early as next week.

As part of the deal, Australia will have to repay the doses, but not until later in the year.


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Prime Minister Scott Morrison says this will further boost our vaccine rollout.

That means there are 500,000 doses extra that will happen in September that otherwise would have had to wait for several months from now accelerating our vaccination program at this critical time as we walk towards those 70% and 80% targets,” Mr Morrison said in a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

“This will greatly assist the national vaccination program as it brings in two important age groups into the program.

“The 16- to 29s which have already begun this week and, of course, the 12- to 15-year-olds.

“Remember there are 1.2 million children aged 12 to 15 and they start with bookings from 13 September so this will greatly assist with those of — both of those efforts.

“The doses will be distributed across our GP and state hub networks and across the states and territories, in total between both of those, it will be done on a per capita basis.

“We need to vaccinate the whole country and we need for those doses to go from one end of the country to the other and for them to be taken up,” he said.