Prime Minister Scott Morrison apologises for missing milestones in vaccine rollout


Prime Minister Scott Morrison has apologised for Australia’s sluggish vaccine rollout.

The PM spoke on Thursday, saying a record 184,000 doses had been administered a day earlier.

But he acknowledged the rollout was well behind schedule and, in a shift of tone, apologised.

“I take responsibility for the vaccination program. I also take responsibility for the challenges we’ve had,” he said.

“Obviously some things are within our control, some things that are not. And I am keen to ensure, as we have been over these many months, that we’ve been turning this around.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has apologised for Australia’s sluggish vaccine rollout. Credit: David Caird/AAPIMAGE

“I’m sorry that we haven’t been able to achieve the marks that we had hoped for at the beginning of this year. Of course I am.

“But what’s more important is that we’re totally focused on ensuring that we’ve been turning this around.”

The initial goal was to administer four million doses by the end of March. Australia fell short by about 3.4 million doses.

Morrison said that, as of Thursday, more than 15 percent of the Australian population was fully vaccinated.

A one-million dose Pfizer shipment has boosted hopes supplies will increase in coming weeks. Credit: AAP

The rollout will take another step forward, Morrison added, when more pharmacies are involved in the rollout.

Currently, there are 118 community pharmacies across the country offering vaccines in regional communities.

That will expand to 470 by the end of the month.

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