/ 13 April 2021

COVID vaccination questions persist

…and concerns about the lack of a timetable emerged from the business sector yesterday. Margy Osmond from the Tourism and Transport Forum said her sector needs “certainty around state borders, a fast and efficient vaccine rollout and the reopening of the international border” to survive. But PM Scott Morrison said targets were not practical as COVID “writes its own rules” as the government ruled out another vaccination option. Reports say officials have looked at the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and decided against it. It’s been an effective part of other nations’ vaccination programs because it requires one shot, but a spokesperson from Health Minister Greg Hunt’s office said it’s based on the same technology as the AstraZeneca vaccine. The government “does not intend to purchase any further adenovirus vaccines at this time,” they said Regulators in Europe are investigating links between the J&J vaccine and blood clots.

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