Prime Minister Scott Morrison claims Australia's goal was always to rollout 80k vaccines per week.

But this can in no way square with his earlier stated goal of delivering 4 million jabs by April given the very first jab would only given in March.
Then the PM said the delay was because 3.1 million doses didn't arrive in Australia.

Italy/EU blocked 250k doses.

At the time @ScottMorrisonMP + @GregHuntMP said this would have NO effect on the rollout b/c they hadn't even factored in that shipment…
Then Morrison took a question on global corporate tax to sledge NZ's vaccine rollout.

He again runs the peculiar narrative that countries vaccinating well are only doing so because it's so dire.

Yes SOME can and are but that's the point - it is due to competency.
Where would Australia have been if it HAD needed to vaccinate quickly?


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