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Government races to secure more vaccines but stares down AstraZeneca critics

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“It’s not whether one is better than the other. What do we have available? We have the AstraZeneca [vaccine] available for the whole country.”

Labor health spokesman Chris Bowen accused the government of failing to sign enough agreements with vaccine developers, adding this meant it would be wrong to pause the AstraZeneca rollout.

“A pause only works if you’ve got something to replace it with,” Mr Bowen said.

The federal government has arranged to buy 10 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, which is enough for five million people given the requirement for two doses per person, but it has to rely on supplies from the United States or Europe because the product cannot be manufactured in Australia.

The government has relied more heavily on…



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