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PM 'explains' vaccine shortage

Posted 7 April 2021 PM

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has revealed that the 3.8 million doses of the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine that were to start off Australia's inoculation program in tandem with Pfizer's Comirnaty were never really available as expected, something the government has known since January.

Despite the government contracting for the 3.8 million in September last year and consistently using that figure as its benchmark for the number of doses to be imported, Morrison told a press conference earlier today (Wednesday) that AZ had informed it in "mid to late January" that "only 1.2 of the 3.8 million offshore manufactured product could be delivered in February and in March".

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