Military to oversee Australia's COVID vaccine rollout

Australia's PM says he is in 'no hurry' to reopen borders

Australia's PM says he is in 'no hurry' to reopen borders

Two-way travel between Australia and New Zealand begins from Sunday night and one of the tasks for Australia's the national cabinet is to plot how global borders can ease further in the coming months.

The Pfizer vaccine is recommended for people under 50 by Australia's health authorities after the AstraZeneca treatment that is being produced domestically was linked to blood-clotting, throwing the vaccination program into disarray.

Meanwhile, the national cabinet will meet on Monday to discuss the vaccine rollout, as well as how to open up the economy in the future and perhaps moving to home quarantine.

Scott Morrison last week abandoned a target to offer a first vaccine dose to all Australians by October, arguing there was too much uncertainty.

Labor leader Anthony Albanese said the vaccine rollout has been a "debacle".

Professor Brendan Murphy explains the changes to Australia's vaccine rollout.

Victoria announced on Sunday it will open three mass-vaccination hubs for Australians eligible for the shot, after similar announcements from the New South Wales and South Australian governments.

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The Morrison Government's goal had been to get four million Australians vaccinated by the start of April, but so far that number is only sitting at around 1.4 million. "I won't put an exact timeframe (on it), but the companies we've been speaking to have said that they would expect it would take the best part of a year", he said.

Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein, who is in the heat of an election campaign, is concerned about the delays and lack of communication from the federal government about the vaccine rollout at disability and aged care residential facilities.

It is the third in Australia involving blood clots with low platelet count post-vaccination, with the first two cases still in hospital.

The nation's chief nurse Alison McMillan recognises there could be hesitancy in being vaccinated, but encourages anyone with concerns to talk to their health professional, GP or nurse practitioner.

A senior Morrison government minister says Australia has the capability to manufacture a mRNA type COVID-19 vaccine like Pfizer and Moderna, it just doesn't have the capability to produce at scale at the moment.

Greg Hunt says the federal government is interested in producing mRNA vaccines, like the Pfizer jab, in Australia.

Australia has ordered a total of 40 million Pfizer doses to arrive by the end of the year, but a total reliance on shipments from overseas has seen its plans dented by supply issues in the European Union.

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