April 12th – According to the Australian and Reuters on the 12th, European drug regulators recently determined that there may be a link between AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine and the rare blood clotting of inoculated people. Australian Prime Minister Morrison said on the 11th that considering the uncertainty of the coronavirus vaccine, Australia will not set any new goals for completing the coronavirus vaccination program.
Reuters said that this means that Australia has abandoned its goal of vaccinating its 26 million people against the coronavirus by the end of 2021. Canberra recommends Pfizer vaccine for people under 50, not AstraZeneca vaccine, after the EU found a link to the coronavirus vaccine with thrombus. “While we want to complete the Australian coronavirus vaccination by the end of the year, it is impossible to set such targets due to many uncertainties involved,” Morrison wrote on Facebook on the 11th.
The Australian government has reportedly signed 170 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine contracts, including 53.8 million doses of AstraZeneca, 40 million doses of Pfizer, 51 million doses of Novavax, and more than 25.5 million doses of vaccine obtained through the WHO’s Coronavirus Vaccine Implementation Plan (COVAX) mechanism. Australia increases Pfizer vaccine orders after AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine safety is questioned