Sumary of Australia has secured another 20 million Pfizer vaccines after the AstraZeneca shake-up – but they won’t arrive until the final months of 2021:
- Australia has secured a further 20 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, after the Federal Government recommended those under 50 receive alternatives to the AstraZeneca jab..
- The extra Pfizer doses are set to arrive in the final quarter of 2021, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Friday..
- The news comes after Australian medical authorities noted a potential link between the AstraZeneca jab and very rare instances of blood clotting..
- Australia has secured the rights to a further 20 million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced, after national health authorities recommended those under 50 receive alternatives to the AstraZeneca jab..
- Speaking in Canberra Friday afternoon, Morrison said Australia Pfizer stockpile will total 40 million doses — enough to immunise 20 million Australians — with the extra tranche to be imported in the final quarter of 2021..
- News of the enlarged Pfizer allowance comes after the the Therapeutic Goods Administration and the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommended Australians under 50 receive alternatives to the AstraZeneca vaccine..
- Those reports noted examples of blood clotting in four to six out of every million AstraZeneca vaccine recipients..
- Health authorities still recommend the AstraZeneca jab for those over 50 due to the severe health risks of COVID-19 itself, but the potentially heightened risk of blood clotting in younger Australians means the Pfizer vaccine is now preferred for those demographics…