Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that the UK will be sending over four million Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine doses to the country as it tackles a deadly outbreak of Covid-19.
It’s understood that the vaccine doses will reach Australia within weeks, as the planes delivering the doses are “on the tarmac”, according to Morrison.
The nation’s capital Canberra, along with Sydney and Melbourne have experienced prolonged lockdowns due to recent outbreaks of Covid-19 that have placed over half of the country’s 25 million people on stay-at-home orders.
New South Wales reported 1,431 new cases and 12 deaths following the state’s worst day of the pandemic.
State Premier Gladys Berejiklian warned residents that there will be a spike in numbers, saying that the next two weeks are “likely to be our worst in terms of the number of cases”, and has asked residents to be prepared.
With approximately 40% of the Australian adult population fully vaccinated, vaccine hesitancy is quite prominent as a result of the locally produced AstraZeneca vaccine which has been subject to rare but highly publicised instances involving blood clots.
The four million Pfizer doses are being delivered as part of a swap deal between the UK and Australia, as Australia will transfer four million Pfizer vaccine doses to the UK at a later date.