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Morrison has been asked if AZ doses aren’t able to come from the EU if Australia will offer a portionof our domestically produced vaccine to PNG:
We obviously want those million doses and that’s why I started today’s media conference to say that given statements made overnight, that apparently there is no obstruction to that and then I would hope that that could be readily addressed.
If that doesn’t occur, then we have been working with a number of other partners around the world to see how we can address that. And we’re also considering what it might mean for Australia’s provision of doses directly. But those issues haven’t been finalised yet.
Scott Morrison is asked if the government is being “overly rosy” about the state of the vaccine rollout. He says no:
We had already taken into account, and we’d already shared with this very gallery, in this very place in late January, the concerns that we had about the European distribution at that point. And I’ve gone through the timeline again with you.
I mean, I think what I’d urge the media to do is – circumstances change. There are a lot of variables in this process. Supply chains get disrupted. Medical evidence comes forward which requires us to address it, and may cause us to make changes to the program in the interests of public health …