We send our deepest condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family on the passing of HRH Prince Philip, a great friend to Australia. May he rest in peace.
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Australia has secured an additional 20 million doses of the Pfizer #COVID19 vaccine.
This adds to the 20 million doses already on order for delivery this year.
More than 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have now been administered in Australia, with 81,297 in the last 24 hours. This includes 26,298 doses delivered by states and territories, and 54,999 delivered by the Commonwealth through GPs and aged care and disability facilities.
Based on updated medical advice received last night, the Pfizer vaccine is now the preferred vaccine for adults under the age of 50, while the AstraZeneca vaccine is recommended for those over 50.
Importantly, the medical advice remains that both vaccines are very effective in preventing severe disease caused by COVID-19.
Safety remains our top priority, as it has been throughout the pandemic, and we will continue to follow the best medical advice in protecting Australians.
#LIVE update after today's National Cabinet meeting.
“We are on your side. If you have a go in this country you’ll get a go. That’s what fairness in Australia means. My ambition is for an even stronger Australia – to keep our economy strong, to keep Australians safe and to keep Australians together.”
Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management, Member for Brisbane
Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, Member for Bradfield
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Nationals Member for Calare
Assistant Minister for Defence, Member for Canning