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(AUSTRALIA) #Coronavirus Report: PM Scott Morrison says he is “sorry” for the challenges his government had with rolling out the #COVID19 vaccine earlier in the year #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – July.23: “ I’m certainly sorry that we haven’t been able to achieve the marks that we had hoped for at the beginning of this year. Of course I am,” Mr Morrison said….

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says Prime Minister says ‘sorry’ for problems with #COVID19 vaccine rollout program and on Wednesday, Mr Morrison acknowledged the challenges with the rollout program, saying it was two months behind schedule, but resisted apologising when asked to on FM radio according ABC News

BreakMA reports …..I think by manning up to it and actually accepting responsibility, the Prime Minister has demonstrated some leadership qualities that I think all Australians are happy to see,” AMA president Omar Korshid said.

The Prime Minister faced growing pressure to acknowledge failures in the program after more than half the country entered lockdown following several outbreaks of the Delta strain of COVID-19.

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) said the Prime Minister’s response was the right thing to do.

Morrison defends ‘appeals’ to vaccine advisors

Mr Morrison says the vaccination program has hit its stride, with 1 million vaccinations in the last seven days and a record 184,000 doses given on Wednesday.

“I think I’ve been very clear that as Prime Minister I’m responsible for the vaccination program,” he said.

“That responsibility includes fixing and dealing with the problems that we’ve had and that is what we have been doing and the vaccination program has turned the corner.”

The Prime Minister said that changed advice from the government’s immunisation advisory group recommending AstraZeneca doses be reserved for people over 60 had caused vaccine hesitancy and delayed the rollout.

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) made the recommendation following a number of deaths attributed to a rare blood clotting disorder caused by the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Mr Morrison said on Wednesday he had been “constantly appealing” ATAGI to reconsider its advice following the Sydney outbreak.

After another two deaths were linked to the vaccine, Mr Morrison maintained people under 40 should still consider consulting with their doctor about receiving an AstraZeneca vaccine.Fear and uncertainty are as contagious as COVID as Delta rewrites 2021Cities locked down,

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“We’re all responsible for our own health, and when it comes to informed consent and giving consent to whatever treatment or procedure you may have, or I may have, then I am ultimately responsible for what people do in their health treatment to me,” Mr Morrison said.

“The AstraZeneca vaccine is approved by the TGA for people above the age of 18, but there is an informed consent process.”

On Thursday he reaffirmed that he respected the body and its advice, but that it was his job to be critical.

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Just under 40,000 people under 40 have received an AstraZeneca vaccine since last month.(AAP: Mick Tsikas)

“Of course I challenge the advice that I receive, I ask questions, I drill into it,” Mr Morrison said. 

“You would expect me to do that.”

Just under 40,000 people younger than 40 have received an AstraZeneca vaccine since the Prime Minister said last month that the dose is available to anyone who wishes to discuss getting it with their doctor.

More pharmacies coming online to vaccinate

Early plans for the rollout expected pharmacies to be involved in the first half of the year, but a lack of supplies had delayed that until September.

With more supplies arriving this week, Mr Morrison said the inclusion of pharmacies was being brought forward to increase accessibility to the vaccine.Regional pharmacies could speed up the vaccine rolloutPharmacies in regional NSW are joining the coronavirus vaccine rollout as part of a statewide pilot program.

“Right now there are 118 community pharmacies currently vaccinating around the country … by the end of this month there will be 470,” he said.

Mr Morrison said in the Sydney local government areas hit hardest by COVID-19, 48 pharmacies were being brought online to deliver AstraZeneca vaccines from next week.

Pharmacies will also be used to administer Moderna vaccines once they arrive in September.

Mr Morrison said the indemnity afforded to doctors to vaccinate people would be extended to pharmacists.

Olympic gold medallist Libby Trickett asks Australia’s leaders to ‘grow up’ and show leadership over COVID-19 on Q+A

Libby Trickett appears on Q+A against a city backdrop.
Libby Trickett had a definitive message for Australia’s political leaders on Q+A.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison finally said “sorry” for Australia’s slow vaccine rollout on Thursday but for Q+A panellists it still wasn’t enough.

With more than 13 million Australians in lockdown as the Delta variant continues to spread throughout New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, the question was put to the panel what the government can do to help Australians through this period and if politicians can actually act in a bipartisan manner.

#AceHealthDesk report ……Published: July.23: 2021:

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