Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that Australia will obtain another 4 million doses of Pfizer vaccine through an exchange agreement with the United Kingdom.
Morrison told reporters in Canberra on Friday: “The plane is now on the tarmac and will take off tomorrow. These doses will arrive in the next few weeks.”
“From Downing Street to Australia, we doubled Pfizer’s dose in Australia this month,” he continued.
Just a few days ago, the Prime Minister and Singapore reached a similar agreement on 500,000 doses of Pfizer, and it was a supplement to the 1 million doses obtained in the agreement with Poland.
“I said I will spare no effort. And I can tell you that I have been turning some rocks recently to make sure we can move forward with the vaccination plan as soon as possible,” Morrison said.
The dose from the UK will be distributed across the country on an average per capita basis. Morrison announced that the additional dose will significantly provide Australia with an opportunity to reopen under the national plan.
Morrison also thanked British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for the “great friendship” with Australia, saying that they had discussed the plan for “some time”.
Encouraged by Pfizer’s addition of millions of vaccine doses, Morrison pointed out that of the 20.3 million vaccine doses already vaccinated in Australia, about 10 million doses are AstraZeneca.
He said: “We are now at the point where 80% of people over the age of 50 get the first dose of the vaccine,” noting that they will get the second dose in the next few weeks and are considered fully vaccinated.
The Prime Minister encouraged people, especially those over 60, to get the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Morrison was talking about the National Cabinet’s phased plan to achieve a 70-80% vaccination rate in order to reopen the country.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times