“That individual vaccine [article], the AstraZeneca vaccine, was printed on December eight. I learn it on the day it was printed. It was greater than a month in the past,” Professor Kelly stated.
“I do know that knowledge nicely. Some folks have been taking specific elements of that article and never studying the entire article, for my part.”
He stated there have been two other ways of delivering the AstraZeneca vaccine and totally different trials reported totally different efficacy charges, with 62 per cent being the bottom.
Professor Kelly remained adamant the World Well being Organisation accepted efficacy of above 50 per cent as acceptable for COVID-19 vaccines, and stated it was extra vital to have sufficient vaccine for the inhabitants than specializing in its efficacy.
The federal authorities has organized to purchase 10 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, which is sufficient for 5 million folks given the requirement for 2 doses per individual, however it has to depend on abroad provide.
“If there have been extra [Pfizer] doses accessible to us then we’d look into whether or not that was a possible possibility for us to get extra. Up to now that is not the case,” he stated.
Professor Kelly stated the very fact the AstraZeneca vaccine may very well be made in Australia was essential for the nation’s vaccine technique, with the advantage of additionally being “very efficient towards extreme sickness”.
“The AstraZeneca [vaccine] is right here, we need not queue for that. That is being made by CSL proper now in Melbourne,” he stated in a press convention on Wednesday afternoon.
“It is going to save lives. By utilizing this vaccine, we’ll be capable to defend a big proportion of the inhabitants in Australia.”
He had earlier instructed Sky Information “by way of stopping loss of life, it really works 100 per cent of the time. When it comes to stopping extreme sickness, it really works 100 per cent of the time”.
He instructed the press convention the AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines “are all good at defending towards extreme sickness and loss of life”.
“That is why I say that lives shall be saved by the AstraZeneca vaccine, I’ve little question about it.”
Labor well being spokesman Chris Bowen additionally rejected the decision to pause the AstraZeneca vaccine rollout however criticised the federal government for not having extra choices accessible given the probably demand for the Pfizer vaccine, which can’t be manufactured in Australia.
“A pause solely works if you happen to’ve obtained one thing to exchange it with,” Mr Bowen stated.
Australians are being instructed to count on the primary COVID-19 vaccine to be rolled out from February on the belief the Therapeutic Items Administration approves the Pfizer vaccine on the finish of this month. The AstraZeneca vaccine can be rolled out after that.
Whereas the Pfizer vaccine should be saved beneath minus 70 levels and can solely be accessible from 30 to 50 hubs throughout the nation, the AstraZeneca vaccine doesn’t have this constraint and shall be accessible from greater than 1,000 areas together with normal observe clinics and state-run vaccination clinics.
Professor Kelly stated Australia was not alone in utilizing the AstraZeneca vaccine given the UK had ordered 100 million doses, america had ordered 300 million doses and the European Union had ordered 400 million doses.
“It is a mainstay of the vaccination program for this world pandemic,” he stated.
However Mr Bowen stated the federal government had did not strike offers to usher in extra of the Pfizer vaccine or two different promising candidates, one from Moderna and one other from Johnson & Johnson.
“We want extra doses of as many vaccines as potential,” Mr Bowen stated.
Professor Kelly stated “lively negotiations” are persevering with with Moderna, in addition to a few dozen different corporations to get extra vaccines.
With Fleta Web page
David Crowe is chief political correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.
Rachael Dexter is a breaking information reporter at The Age.