The federal government has decided to oppose a single dose of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine to increase the country’s vaccination inventory.
The government was in talks with a major pharmaceutical company seeking the first approval of the vaccine from Australian healthcare regulators.
However, Health Minister Greg Hunt has ruled out purchasing at this stage because it is so similar to AstraZeneca’s drug.
“The Janssen vaccine is an adenovirus vaccine, the same type of vaccine as the AstraZeneca vaccine,” he said through a spokesperson.
“At this point, the government has no intention of purchasing any more adenovirus vaccines.”
Johnson and Johnson also demanded a negligent compensation system before selling the vaccine to Australia, but the government did not promise to introduce it.
Labor spokesman Mark Butler said it was not enough for the minister to announce his decision through a spokesperson.
Butler wants to know why Australia needs to secure more vaccine deals and why it’s behind the decision.
“This very important vaccine being deployed in the United States will soon be deployed in the United Kingdom. If you decide not to use it, why?” He told ABC. did.
“I think this is a problem that Australians and Australian businesses are currently having. The communication channel from the government has been closed.
“There is a prime minister who has withdrawn to Facebook and a minister who is making announcements through a spokesperson without clear background information.”
Workers have spent months demanding that the government secure more vaccine deals, claiming that most countries have five or six different options.
Scott Morrison used Facebook to reassure Australians about the deployment of the vaccine.
Morrison abandoned all vaccine timelines and targets after medical authorities recommended that people under the age of 50 be vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine in place of the country’s flagship AstraZeneca jab.
He argued that targeting was impossible because COVID “created its own rules.”
“Rather than setting goals that could be knocked out around the international supply chain and other disruptions that could occur, we continue to do that,” he said. ..
According to Morrison, Australia’s 1.2 million vaccination rates to date have been comparable to other major countries.
However, according to government statistics, Australia’s expansion lags behind the United Kingdom, the United States, Singapore, Belgium, Italy and Germany compared to the other twelve countries.
Corporate groups warn that the strength of the country’s economic recovery depends on the deployment of vaccines.
They argue that if the government is no longer willing to schedule, it needs to set at least milestones so that companies can plan for the future.