Sumary of Doctors seek better communication, more transparency from expert vaccine group:
- ”Mr Morrison argued the “balance of risk” had shifted since the April and June decisions because of rising COVID-19 case numbers and the greater threat of infection among people, especially in older age groups, who had decided against vaccination because of the ATAGI advice.
- “Those people are now at risk in south-western Sydney in particular, but more broadly across Sydney, and I need AstraZeneca vaccines in their arms to protect them and their lives,” he said.
- While Australia’s imports of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine are ramping up, it currently has more stock of AstraZeneca, which is being manufactured by CSL in Melbourne.
- LoadingUniversity of Sydney vaccination communication expert Julie Leask said ATAGI had provided leeway in its statements – saying Pfizer should be the preferred vaccine for under-60s rather than banning AstraZeneca – but this flexibility had either gone unnoticed or been miscommunicated.