Australia secures 500,000 Pfizer doses in Singapore swap deal


The Australian Government has secured 500,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine for immediate use next week in swaps with Singapore, the Prime Minister announced on August 31.

To boost Australia’s COVID-19 immunization program in September, 500,000 doses will be distributed to all states and territories managed by primary care and vaccination sites. In exchange, Australia will supply Singapore with the same dose in December.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison thanked Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for his support.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison at a press conference at the Parliament Building in Canberra, Australia, on August 26, 2021. (Mick Tsikas / AAP Image)

“I said I wouldn’t leave any stones to strengthen the vaccination program. This deal is already domestic vaccination to exceed what was achieved in the United States and the United Kingdom at the peak of the program. It will be in addition to the Polish agreement to raise the rate, “says Morrison. Media release..

According to Morrison, the dose will enable the supply of Pfizer from September 13 to 12 to 15 years old and to the already launched age group of 16 to 39 years old.

Foreign Minister Marise Payne said the deal shows how Australia is working with other countries to manage the global COVID-19 pandemic agenda. COVID-19 is a disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.

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Students will wait to receive the Covid-19 Pfizer vaccine on August 9, 2021 at the Kudos Arena in Sydney, Australia. (DeanLewins-Pool / Getty Images)

“This shows how our diplomatic capabilities can provide a way to protect Australians and enhance Australia’s security and prosperity,” Pain said. “Like Australia and Singapore are working together, Australia is working with regional partners to build a healthcare system to save lives, drive economic recovery and protect against future pandemics.”

“As supply increases, we encourage all Australians to come forward and be vaccinated in more than 9,300 locations across the country,” said Health Minister Greg Hunt.

Last week, the Prime Minister said the number of vaccination sites in Australia was ten times the number of restaurants in McDonald’s in Australia, and mentioned how easy it was to get vaccinated.

National opposition leader Anthony Albanese was critical of the announcement, write in On Twitter: “Scott Morrison should have been able to order enough vaccines from all Australians last year. He didn’t. For Scott Morrison, it’s always too little and too late.”

Currently in Australia, more than 19.3 million vaccines are given in one and two mixed doses.

Cadden Pearson

Caden Pearson is an Australian-based reporter with a background in screen writing and documentary. Contact him at [email protected].