world

Australia abandons COVID-19 vaccination targets after new advice on AstraZeneca shots

9 Comments
By Paulina Duran

Australia has abandoned a goal to vaccinate nearly all of its 26 million population by the end of 2021 following advice that people under the age of 50 take Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine rather than AstraZeneca's shot.

Australia, which had banked on the AstraZeneca vaccine for the majority of its shots, had no plans to set any new targets for completing its vaccination program, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a Facebook post on Sunday afternoon.

"While we would like to see these doses completed before the end of the year, it is not possible to set such targets given the many uncertainties involved," Morrison said.

Authorities in Canberra changed their recommendation on Pfizer shots for under-50s on Thursday, after European regulators reiterated the possibility of links between the AstraZeneca shot and reports of rare cases of blood clots.

Australia, which raced to double its order of the Pfizer vaccine last week, had originally planned to have its entire population vaccinated by the end of October.

Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said Australia will have 40 million doses from Pfizer by the end of the year, enough to vaccinate all Australian adults.

"Can I tell you on a week by week basis how much of that is coming in? Or how much will be here by the middle of the year? No, I can't. I can't answer that question," Kelly told reporters on Monday.

Pressed on whether there would be enough Pfizer vaccines for health care workers under the age of 50 by mid-year, he said only that the government still hopes to have all vulnerable groups vaccinated by then

The government is waiting for projections on how many people might refuse the AstraZeneca vaccine and how many more Pfizer or other vaccines might be needed so it can recalibrate its rollout.

Kelly declined to comment on whether Moderna Inc and Johnson & Johnson were resisting sending their vaccines to Australia as the country doesn't have a no-fault vaccine compensation scheme, but said it was up to the government to consider whether Australia should have such a provision.

Australia's hardline response to the virus largely stopped community transmission but the vaccination rollout has become a hot political topic - and a source of friction between Morrison and state and territory leaders - after the country vaccinated only a fraction of its four million target by the end of March.

About 1.16 million COVID-19 doses have now been administered, Morrison said, noting the speed of Australia's vaccination program was in line with other peer nations, including Germany and France, and ahead of Canada and Japan.

Australia began vaccinations much later than some other nations, partly because of its low number of infections, which stand at just under 29,400, with 909 deaths, since the pandemic began.

© Thomson Reuters 2021.

©2021 GPlusMedia Inc.

9 Comments
Login to comment

and ahead of Canada and Japan.

Australia, which had banked on the AstraZeneca vaccine for the majority of its shots, had no plans to set any new targets for completing its vaccination program

Ahead of Japan for the time being...

But with non plan to complete the program by 2021..... it might end behind....

-10 ( +1 / -11 )

Its a real mess all over the place the quandary with this vaccine is muddlesome and no one is really sure, unless you are going to desperately require the vaccine or know for show you will come in contact with the virus, wait !

3 ( +6 / -3 )

AstraZeneca has not been approved in Japan yet and they are started receiving Pfizer vaccines. Lucky.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

And you thought Jgov was bad LOL

-6 ( +3 / -9 )

With only a handful of active cases in Australia the vaccine rollout can easily be delayed.

4 ( +8 / -4 )

And you thought Jgov was bad LOL

J- govt is bad, LOL....Australia records near zero new cases daily whilst Japan has thousands new every day despite intentionally supresssing testing.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

Australia is not the only place where questions are being raised.

http://www.321gold.com/editorials/moriarty/moriarty030121.html

It’s going to be a “warp speed” long emergency.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Australia can go the full North Korea if it wants. That's a matter between 'King Coal' Morrison and his electorate, about 30% of whom are immigrants. They are likely to have family overseas, but won't be seeing them in the flesh any time soon without a vaccination roll out. That's much less of a problem in Japan, which might be happier to lock the doors for a bit and embrace the pre-Perry feel.

If anyone has any AZ shots they don't want, please send them to the UK. We'll happily roll the dice for the benefits.

And wherever you are, ask your government why they are not building multiple vaccine production labs, as journalists seem a bit too shy to ask them that.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

With only a handful of active cases in Australia the vaccine rollout can easily be delayed.

As long at being cut off from the rest of the world is acceptable. This fall, much of the modern world will begin getting back to normal. By December, herd protection will exist for Europe and N. America.

Wish I were as confident with places using the Chinese/Russian vaccines.

If anyone has any AZ shots they don't want, please send them to the UK. We'll happily roll the dice for the benefits.

The blood clot risks are tiny compared to the proven effectiveness of the vaccine.

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/aspirin-may-reduce-deaths-in-severe-covid-19 discusses a study that addresses use of aspirin for people hospitalized due to blood clots and COVID. It wan't a double-blind study, they simply looked at people who took aspirin within 6 days of hospitalization OR once they were hospitalized.

aspirin use was associated with a 43% reduced risk of intensive care unit admission, a 44% reduced risk of mechanical ventilation, and a 47% reduced risk of dying in the hospital.

Basically, the people who were already taking aspirin had heart disease and were using it as a low dose anticoagulant under doctor treatment.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites