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Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine supplies set for Queensland and New South Wales

ASSA | 2021-08-05 10:00:52

An emergency boost of Pfizer vaccine supplies will be delivered to two virus-hit states within the week.

The Morrison government will send 112,320 additional doses to Queensland, and 183,690 to New South Wales in a deal signed off on Wednesday night as both states battle coronavirus outbreaks.

The vast majority of the NSW doses will go direct to the epicenter of Sydney’s outbreak in the southwestern suburbs, while the regions will also receive a boost to replace those redirected by the state government for Year 12 students.

The doses are in addition to those already allocated for August and do not come at the expense of other states.

Vaccine rollout commander John Frewen said Sydney’s outbreak triggered the decision to bring forward doses from supplies that arrived late last month.

“New South Wales we’re working with, because of the situation,” he told reporters in Canberra on Thursday, “we’re also talking to Queensland as well because of the outbreak there.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the boosted supply was a shot in the arm for the state’s vaccine rollout.

“I will always work closely with our premiers to make sure Australians are protected in their time of need. That need is now,” he said.

“Every vaccination can save a life.”

Delta outbreak

Queensland is facing its biggest COVID-19 outbreak since the pandemic’s first wave after recording 17 new locally acquired cases of the Delta variant on Wednesday, taking the cluster to 63 cases halfway through an eight-day lockdown of the state’s southeast.

COVID-19 case numbers in NSW are also expected to worsen after the state recorded another 233 new local infections on Wednesday. At least 68 were in the community while infectious.

A 27-year-old man was also one of two people to succumb to the virus in the 24 hour period.

Newlywed Aude Alaskar, who was unvaccinated, died suddenly while isolating in his southwest Sydney home on Tuesday. He is now among the youngest victims of the pandemic in Australia since it began in 2020.

Australia has now vaccinated 20 per cent of its population aged 16 and over but continues to lag behind most of the world.

A record 213,947 doses were administered in the past 24 hours.