Published: Mon, February 15, 2021

Australia receives over 142,000 vaccine doses

Australia receives over 142,000 vaccine doses

Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt triumphantly revealed the development saying "the eagle has landed".

More than 142,000 doses have been taken to a secure location and batches will be assessed for damage and quality in the coming days.

The first groups to receive the vaccine include the elderly, those living with co-morbidities, and people working in the aged care, disability and health sectors.

Priority will be given to hotel quarantine workers that are most likely to come into contact with positive worldwide arrivals.

The federal government will have about 30,000 doses available for aged care facilities.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will also be among the first to receive a dose in a bid to raise public confidence in the program.

"The vaccines are scheduled to land in Australia before the end of the week, if not earlier", he said.

Logistics company DHL will help transport the doses across the country in portable freezers, as the vaccine needs to be stored at minus 70 degrees Celsius.

Mr Hunt also said vaccinations are on track to begin before the end of the month.

The vaccine is awaiting final regulatory approval from the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

And bilingual health workers and interpreters will be involved in the vaccine rollout. "But what we do is we set what we regard as a confirmed minimum and if we are able to achieve on the upside, I think that is more doses for more Australians", Mr Hunt said.

"It's a free country and anybody can take a different view", he said.

"And if confidence increases there's an increase in uptake".

Another 50 million are getting made here in Australia in Melbourne.

Australia is contracted to receive 20 million Pfizer doses and to receive or manufacture at home 53.8 million AstraZeneca doses.

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