3.1 Million Doses of AstraZeneca From EU ‘Did Not Turn Up’: Australian PM

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has pushed back against allegations he criticised the European Union over delays in the arrival of the AstraZeneca vaccine on Tuesday. Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, he said that he had “simply stated a fact” that  3.1 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine did not arrive in Australia from the European Union (EU) by the end of March as initially planned. “3.1 million of the contracted vaccines that we had been relying upon in early January, when we’d set out a series of targets, did not turn up in Australia,” Morrison said. The federal government had originally contracted for 3.8 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in September 2020.  But in early January the government was told that only 1.2 million doses out of the original 3.8 million would be delivered—500,000 in February and 700,000 in March. However, this delivery was then impacted …

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