Pfizer doses just days away from arriving in Australia

Clay Curtis
February 15, 2021

Earlier on Sunday, Mr Hunt announced the government has developed a plan to make sure accurate vaccination information reaches everyone in Australia, including people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will receive the Pfizer vaccine early in the rollout in a bid to boost public confidence in the jab.

Health care, aged care and quarantine workers will be among the first to be vaccinated from February 22.

DHL is one of two companies tasked with distributing the vaccine - which needs to be stored at between minus 60 and minus 80 degrees Celsius - to hospitals, GP clinics and pharmacies around the country.

Hunt said the TGA would conduct safety checks on the vaccines upon arrival and that Australia remained on track to begin administering vaccines to priority groups at the end of February.

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

It's expected that 60,000 doses will be distributed by the end of the month, meaning the rollout was "slightly ahead of schedule", Hunt said.

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

To improve access for migrant communities, the government has released a 1.3 million-dollar plan* to ensure materials are translated for Australians who speak English as a second language.

He said the USA pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer would deliver 3 million doses during April to June.

Australia is also part of the global COVAX facility, which provides access to a range of vaccines in order to immunise up to half of the population.

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