Canberra. Health Minister Greg Hunt said the Pfizer vaccine for the coronavirus had arrived in Australia as Australia prepared to vaccinate nationwide.
A total of 152,000 doses of the vaccine arrived from Europe last night and the vaccination program is scheduled for February 22.
“Safety and the quality of the vaccine will be ensured before the vaccination, especially when it is brought in an airplane, the temperature will be maintained and no harm will be done to the people,” said Minister Hunt.
The vaccine was kept at minus 60 degrees Celsius and minus 90 degrees Celsius.
The government will hand over 80,000 doses of the vaccine next week, of which 40,000 will be provided to frontline and health workers in hotel quarantines in 30 states and territories, and 30,000 doses will be provided to those living and working in aided care and disability care.
According to Health Minister Hunt, vaccinations will be made available to states based on population.
Just last week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that an additional 10 million Pfizer vaccines had been secured, bringing the total to 20 million.
Health Minister Hunt said 60,000 doses would be provided by the end of this month, well ahead of schedule.
Australia’s interest in whether or not to receive the Pfizer vaccine has grown since the European Union introduced new rules on the Covid-19 vaccine.
But last week, the European Union’s ambassador to Australia said the vaccine would be sent to Australia.
The introduction of the Pfizer vaccine nationwide has been hailed as a major logistical challenge since World War II.
According to Minister Hunt, if the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, the vaccine will be produced in Australia.