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Coronavirus Australia live update: Daniel Andrews holds press conference as Victoria records 41 Covid cases

The federal opposition has welcomed the vaccine agreement with AstraZeneca but says it vindicates Labor’s criticism of Scott Morrison for announcing it prematurely.


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Labor’s health spokesman, Chris Bowen, said the prime minister was addicted to spin.

This is what the prime minister told Australians he had done three weeks ago when he hadn’t yet done it.”

Bowen said the government would have Labor’s support to enter into more of these types of agreements. He noted that there were no guarantees about which vaccine candidates would be successful.

Bowen said the effectiveness of vaccines was assessed by clinicians, not politicians. Vaccines were rolled out in Australia once signed off by the Therapeutic Goods Administration and “that’s as it should be”.

The prime minister, Scott Morrison, is due to address the media in Canberra at midday.

He will be joined by the health minister, Greg Hunt, and the health secretary, Prof Brendan Murphy, to discuss the vaccine agreement and the response to Victoria’s roadmap

Read the original article at The Guardian

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