Australia to receive 4 million additional doses of Pfizer in DAYS in vaccine swap deal with UK
Australia will receive 4 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine in a swap deal with the UK.
The prime minister has been scrambling to get additional Pfizer from allies around the world after initially ordering just 10 million doses in November last year.
Last month, the government bought 1 million doses from Poland and got 500,000 from Singapore in a barter deal.
Australia will receive 4 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine in a swap deal with the UK. Pictured: Scott Morrison and Boris Johnson in the UK in June
Luka Wain, 17, (right) and 15-year-old brother Darcy receive their Pfizer vaccinations at the Royal Exhibition Building COVID19 Vaccination Hub in Melbourne on Thursday
On Thursday, the Daily Mail Australia revealed that Morrison was on the brink of closing a third international vaccine deal, but did not expect any help from the US.
America has been described as Australia’s main ally, but President Joe Biden has failed to give Canberra any Covid-19 vaccine.
The president has already donated more than 110 million vaccines around the world — including 2.5 million for Canada and 3.5 million for Argentina — but his focus is on saving lives, protecting America’s neighbors and helping poor countries, which means wealthy Australia is far at the bottom of his donation list.
Shadow Foreign Secretary Penny Wong said it was embarrassing that Australia had to ask allies for help.
“The fact that a country has to go around with Australia’s resources and ask other countries for vaccines is another sign that this is the biggest failure of government in memory,” she told the Daily Mail Australia.
Police patrol Sydney’s Bondi Beach Friday morning in 22C heat
“The bottom line is that Mr Morrison is doing too little, too late – didn’t order enough vaccines last year – and the Australians are paying the price.”
The government initially ordered 10 million Pfizer vaccines, but increased this to 40 million due to changing health advice surrounding AstraZeneca.
Australia has ordered 85 million Pfizer vaccines as of early next year to serve as booster shots.