Sydney (Reuters) – Australia said on Tuesday that it had not yet received more than 3 million doses of the previously promised AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine amid export restrictions by the European Union, leaving a major hole in its initial nationwide inoculation drive Used to be.
Officials promised to administer at least 4 million first doses of the vaccine by the end of March, but only 670,000 vaccinations could occur after the European Union halted the export of the AstraZeneca vaccine, as the drug maker had to complete the fellows Australia was not exported in view of the failure.
“We were determined to receive more than 3 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from abroad so far, which has not arrived in Australia due to problems with shipments happening here and in other parts of the world,” ACT chief Medical officer Michael Kidd told Sky News.
Australia began vaccination much later than some other countries due to lower case numbers, recording 29,400 COVID-19 cases and 909 deaths since the epidemic. But the delay in AstraZeneca dosing struggled to increase its vaccination speed.
The majority of Australia’s approximately 26 million population will be given the AstraZeneca vaccine, with 50 million doses produced locally from the end of March. Approximately 2.5 million doses have been produced locally and thousands of doses have already been cleared and distributed at vaccination sites.
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, which has helped to rollout the nationwide vaccination program since May, said on Tuesday that slow domestic vaccine approval and logistic issues would now push delivery to June.
“We have been told that the delay is linked to the supply chain delays of the pharmacy pharmacy network,” Trent Toomey, president of the Pharmacy Guide Guild, told Reuters.
With Twomey complaining about the expected delivery and lack of certainty on vaccine supplies, Twomey accused the slow rollout of a lack of coordination between the Australian national government and the states.
However, national officials said the vaccination centers would be doubled by the end of the week, as they aim to complete the vaccination program, which aims to provide at least one dose to each person by the end of October.
(Reporting by Reneju Jose; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell)
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