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Scott Morrison apologized for the slow pace of vaccination implementation in Australia a day later Repeatedly refused to say sorry Government error during an interview with a radio host in Melbourne.
“I am certainly sorry that we were not able to achieve the marks we had hoped for at the beginning of this year,” the Prime Minister told reporters in Canberra on Thursday when announcing that pharmacies, backed by Commonwealth compensation, were. Capable of administering AstraZeneca vaccines as of August.
“of course me [sorry]. But what is important is that we are completely focused on ensuring that we change this situation. I am responsible for the vaccination programme [and] I also take responsibility for the challenges we faced.”
With new Covid infections continuing to rise and millions of Australians locked up, Morrison used a number of media interviews on Thursday to encourage people to get vaccinated. The prime minister said the risks associated with the Delta formula made it necessary to get more “horsepower” behind the AstraZeneca vaccine.
In a live interview with Triple J’s Hack Thursday night, Morrison admitted he was unhappy with the state of the vaccine rollout.
“No, I am not happy with where we are now,” the prime minister said. He said that’s why he did it Appointed Lieutenant General John Frewin To oversee the Federal Government’s Vaccine Task Force.
Morrison on Wednesday shared public pressure for the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (Atagi) to change its public health advice at AstraZeneca.
The prime minister said the latest outbreak requires a new risk assessment to ensure more people are vaccinated. As public reaction grows over vaccine supply shortages, Morrison sought to transfer cash Than put the troubled vaccine to the independent advisory board.
On Thursday, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) confirmed in its report weekly safety report There have been two other deaths in Australia from rare blood clots likely linked to AstraZeneca. One was a 44-year-old man from Tasmania and the other a 48-year-old woman from Victoria.
A total of five deaths from thrombosis with thrombocytopenic syndrome have now been reported in Australia out of the 6.1 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine. All deaths were related to a first dose.
The TGA noted that in Australia, severe cases of TTS appear to be more common among women in younger age groups.
Morrison’s thoughts on Atage angered the Victorian Health Minister, Martin Foley, on Thursday. Foley declared that Morrison should “not seek to blame people for doing their job”.
Foley said Morrison’s negative comment on Atage was “unusual” and “an unnecessary snapshot of professionals doing their jobs”. He said that Ataji includes the most prominent doctors and experts in their field [the experts] Respond to inquiries and issues raised by governments.
The Victorian health minister said that rather than seek to blame expert advisors for the vaccine’s turbo-reluctance and contribute to the delay in rolling out a vaccine, the prime minister should “engage constructively” with Atagi and find a solution.
“Don’t seek to blame people for doing their job,” Foley said, before the prime minister took a direct hit. “If we all did our job, we might not be in the situation we are in today with a very low vaccine rate.”
Morrison was more accurate in his criticism of the group of experts on Thursday. He told reporters at the lodge in Canberra that he fully respected Ataji, but said prime ministers should not “accept advice without criticism”.
“Whether it is about sessions at Cabinet meetings or in other forums, of course I defy the advice I receive,” the prime minister said.
“I ask questions. I dig into it. You expect me to. Australians never expected me to take this advice at face value. We should question it.”
Morrison said the change in public health advice about AstraZeneca “caused some reluctance among people, especially the elderly.” But he said his comments on Wednesday did not reflect a lack of trust or respect for experts, but rather a shift in the balance of risks.
The Prime Minister confirmed that the Commonwealth would compensate general practitioners and pharmacies willing to give the AstraZeneca vaccine to people under the age of 60. But he said he would leave it up to state governments to compensate people who provide vaccines at their group centers.
It was pointed out to Morrison that the WA government is not prepared to run AstraZeneca through its hubs. The prime minister said it was “a decision for state governments on what to offer”.
“I want to carry the AstraZeneca vaccines in people’s arms to protect them, their families and their communities,” the prime minister said.
“This is what I want. I am trying to raise the vaccination rate, and countries that tend to vaccinate with AstraZeneca have much higher vaccination rates than those who have not.”
New South Wales Health Minister Brad Hazzard also I took another veiled criticism in the federal government about introducing a vaccine.
Hazard said the vaccine’s reluctance to take an AstraZeneca dose was a “shock”.
“Obviously this was the result of advice that came from Ataji and then also translated by the federal government,” the Liberal minister said. “We need to step back and say…Most of us can’t afford the luxury of sitting back and saying I don’t want to get the vaccine that has already been taken by almost every country in the world.”
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