Australian PM Morrison gets COVID-19 vaccine in "massive step" toward normal

22 Février, 2021, 08:29 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
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"She came here from Europe when she was 13 and she's built an awesome life in this country".

The first person to get the vaccine in Melbourne was Monash Health medical director for infection prevention Rhonda Stuart, who got her first dose first thing this morning.

"This is a curtain raiser", Mr Morrison told reporters on Sunday.

"And she's taking part in what is a very historic day for our country".

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Australia has been relatively successful in containing the virus to date, with nearly 29,000 cases and 909 deaths in a population of 25 million.

The prime minister joined the Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly and the Chief Nursing Officer Alison McMillan getting vaccinated as well as healthcare workers.

"That it is safe, that it's important, and we need to start with those who are most vulnerable and on the frontline".

Health Minister Greg Hunt said vaccines were being prioritised "so those most at risk, and those most vulnerable, can get access first". Anthony Albanese, the leader of the Opposition Labor Party, will receive vaccines within days.

More than 200 million doses have already been administered internationally and its benefits are already being observed.

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The first jabs came after hundreds of people took to the streets on Saturday to protest against having the vaccination.

From Monday morning, a broader 'phase 1-A rollout is to begin among aged-care and disability staff, and border protection and quarantine workers at vaccine hubs nationwide.

"We would also like to thank the government and the Colombian people for the confidence that they have placed in the Sinovac vaccine", the ambassador said. New research has shown a spike in doubts over the vaccine as a mass inoculation program starts Sunday.

"Tens of thousands of people will be coming in tomorrow, and I wanted them to know as they went to bed tonight that we have been able to demonstrate our confidence in the health and safety of this vaccination".

"We have always made our own Australian way through this pandemic and have done so with considerable success compared with so many other countries around the world", the Prime Minister said.

Mr Hunt accused Facebook of acting like "sovereign bullies", arguing it "won't get away with it".

"Today we have released a simple eligibility checker".

Facebook restricted access to Australian news content last week in response to the federal government's proposed media bargaining code.

However it also temporarily blocked the pages of health and emergency services agencies, prompting government accusations that it was damaging its own credibility.



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