The logistics of how Australia acquired and rolled out vaccines are beneath scrutiny once more, as our Australian chief political correspondent Sarah Martin experiences:
Pharmaceutical large Pfizer requested for a gathering with the Australian well being minister Greg Hunt final June providing “tens of millions of doses” of its coveted Covid-19 vaccine by the top of 2020, paperwork launched beneath freedom of data present.
However the correspondence with the corporate and the federal well being division, launched to Labor, reveals that regardless of its request to satisfy with Hunt and senior departmental executives, a division first assistant secretary, Lisa Schofield, provided to satisfy firm representatives as a substitute.
In an e-mail dated 30 June 2020, Pfizer Australia stated the corporate can be “capable of make senior members of Pfizer’s international management group obtainable for this dialogue, notably if the Minister and/or Departmental management might be concerned”.
“Because the vaccine improvement panorama is shifting swiftly, together with by engagements with different nations, I’m requesting this assembly happen on the earliest alternative.”
In an hooked up letter to Hunt, the corporate stated it was actively scaling up its manufacturing and distribution potential, and requested a gathering with Hunt to debate Australia’s deliberate vaccination program.
Learn extra of Sarah Martin’s report right here: Pfizer requested to satisfy with Greg Hunt about ‘tens of millions of doses’ of vaccine however was provided bureaucrat as a substitute
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New Zealand to rethink plan to reopen borders amid Delta outbreak
New Zealand’s plans to reopen its borders to the world early subsequent yr should bear an entire transforming, the federal government has warned, because the nation races to stamp out an outbreak of the extremely infectious Delta variant.
The nation recorded 15 new circumstances of coronavirus locally on Wednesday, bringing the entire quantity within the outbreak to 855.
It was the fifth day in a row that case numbers have been at or under 21, in an encouraging signal the nation is on its approach to stamping out the virus. However how the virus obtained into the neighborhood within the first place stays a thriller.
All the new circumstances have been in Auckland, which stays in a degree 4 lockdown till subsequent week, and all however two have been epidemiologically linked to current circumstances. There have been 25 unlinked circumstances in whole. Three-quarters of the recorded circumstances have been in isolation all through the interval they have been contaminated.
The remainder of the nation was in degree 2, though some restrictions remained on gathering dimension and utilizing masks in some public locations.
The chance of New Zealand reopening its border to the world any time quickly is wanting much less promising. The nation has had strict border measures in place because the pandemic began:
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