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Australia’s Covid vaccine rollout would be ‘dire’ without local AstraZeneca production, health chief says

Brendan Murphy says government has ‘no expectation’ that any more supplies will be coming from overseas ‘anytime soon’

Australia’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout would be in jeopardy if local manufacture of the AstraZeneca vaccine was not occurring, with the health department secretary saying the government has “no expectation” that supplies of the vaccine will be coming from overseas “anytime soon”.

Responding to questions about Australia’s vaccine rollout before Senate estimates on Wednesday, Prof Brendan Murphy was asked how many of the 4m doses projected to be administered by the end of March had been delivered. As of Monday only 312,502 first doses had been administered.

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