MELBOURNE: Australia acquired 300,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine on Sunday (Feb 28), greater than doubling the quantity of all vaccines shipped to the nation thus far and permitting the federal government to ramp up its COVID-19 immunisation drive.
Mass vaccinations for Australia’s 25 million folks started on Monday after the arrival of a primary batch of greater than 142,000 doses of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine.
“We are going to now be capable of scale up the vaccination rollout to our precedence teams, together with our most weak Australians and to our frontline border and well being staff,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison mentioned in an announcement.
As much as 4 million Australians are anticipated to be inoculated by March, with Morrison being amongst a small group receiving the primary spherical of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Most individuals will likely be vaccinated with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. The weekly variety of administered doses is anticipated to succeed in 1 million by the top of March when CSL begins to regionally produce 50 million of the AstraZeneca doses.
On Sunday, there have been no new instances of the coronavirus recorded throughout Australia, the thirtieth such day thus far in 2021. There have been no associated deaths this 12 months.
Australia has fared higher than most superior economies because of swift border closures, excessive neighborhood compliance with public well being measures and aggressive testing and tracing. It has reported fewer than 29,000 coronavirus infections and 909 COVID-19 deaths.
A February Ipsos ballot carried out with the World Financial Discussion board in 15 nations confirmed that about three-quarters of Australians intend to take a COVID-19 vaccine.
On Saturday, about 200 folks protested the vaccination drive in entrance of the workplace of Well being Minister Greg Hunt. Hunt mentioned on Sunday that among the folks opposing vaccinations had been spreading “false and clearly irresponsible” views.
“Australians have put their shoulders to the trigger,” Hunt mentioned in regards to the individuals who acquired vaccinated. “The passion with which it has been taken up is a tribute to Australians.”