After recommending that people under the age of 50 be vaccinated against Pfizer instead of AstraZeneca for covid-19, Australia has abandoned its goal of vaccinating almost all 26 million residents by the end of 2021.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Facebook that Australia has always been highly dependent on AstraZeneca vaccines and will not set new targets for achieving its vaccination plan.
Morrison wrote: “Although we hope to consume all the doses before the end of the year, this goal cannot be achieved given the many unknown factors that have emerged.”
After European regulators again warned that there may be a link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and rare blood clot cases, Canberra authorities changed their vaccination recommendations for people under 50 on Thursday.
Australia hurriedly doubled its Pfizer vaccine order last week, initially planning to vaccinate the entire population by the end of October.
Australia’s firm response to the pandemic has largely prevented the local spread of the virus, but after a small portion of the country’s planned four million plan, vaccination plans have become a hot political topic- It is also the source of disagreements between Morrison and state and local leaders. By the end of March, people had been vaccinated.
Morrison added that so far, 1.16 million doses of vaccine have been vaccinated, and pointed out that the pace of implementation of the Australian vaccination program has kept pace with the pace of countries such as Germany and France, and is faster than Canada and Japan.
Australia has been vaccinated as early as in certain countries, mainly due to the small number of infected people. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been fewer than 29,400 people and 909 people have died.