December 10th – Australian Prime Minister Morrison said on the 10th that Australia may start the coronavirus vaccine ahead of schedule in March 2021. However, the day before, Australia’s selected Pfizer coronavirus vaccine was exposed, and four people developed allergic symptoms and even facial paralysis after vaccination. Australia said that this will not affect Australia’s vaccination, but will pay close attention to the vaccine.
According to Australia’s 9th News Network on the 10th, Morrison said that Australia may start vaccination against the novel coronavirus early, which is expected to be “slightly earlier” than originally scheduled for March next year. Australian health minister Greg Hunt said last week that Australia’s vaccination program has been completed “early”, the first batch will be approved for use at the end of January next year, with health workers and the elderly taking the lead in vaccination, and it is expected to take 12 months for the full rollout.
According to a report by Sky News on the 9th, two NHS health workers with a history of severe allergies developed symptoms of similar allergic reactions shortly after being vaccinated against Pfizer on the 8th. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said recently that four volunteers receiving the third phase of Pfizer vaccine developed Bell’s paralysis, that is, facial paralysis.
British regulators responded on the 9th that people with a history of “severe” allergies are not suitable for vaccination against Pfizer at present. In key phase III clinical trials, the vaccine is generally well tolerated, and the Independent Data Monitoring Committee reports that there are no serious safety problems.
Australia will observe the promotion of the coronavirus vaccine after the British health department issued an allergy warning about the coronavirus vaccine, the Australian newspaper quoted Australia as Australia’s deputy prime minister McCormack. As far as I know, two staff members in the UK have allergies, but we will make sure that the right thing is done to Australians. We will be offering the vaccine free of charge, but of course we will look at the situation on the British side.”
Sanjaya Senanayake, professor of infectious diseases at the Australian National University, said that the allergic symptoms of Pfizer vaccine are unlikely to prevent its vaccination promotion in Australia, and other alternatives will be provided if there are serious problems.