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Henrietta Strickland
April 21, 2021

The Prime Minister is pushing for the AstraZeneca jab to be made available to this age group, or phase 2a of the vaccine plan, via mass vaccination hubs and local doctors such as Global Positioning System.

Australia is no hurry to reopen its worldwide borders and risk the country's almost coronavirus-free lifestyle, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Sunday.

National cabinet will meet again on Thursday, when it is expected to have firmer plans for the recalibration of the vaccine rollout.

This is different to mass vaccination hubs which the Prime Minister has flagged will be stood up in the last quarter of 2021 when Pfizer stocks are stronger under a "12-week sprint" to get the population protected against COVID-19.

The 12-week push would be dependent on the federal government receiving its expected delivery of 20 million Pfizer vaccine doses in October, as well as the Norovax vaccine, which is yet to be approved.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced the establishment of a royal commission into veteran suicides.

From Monday, Australians and neighbouring New Zealanders will be able to travel between both countries without the need to apply for an exemption or spend time in mandatory quarantine.

The fast-tracked rollout, discussed by the first national cabinet meeting since medical experts recommended against the AstraZeneca vaccine for those under 50 due to very rare chances of blood clotting, would be driven by Global Positioning System.

In the strongest indication yet that he is preparing to embrace a 2050 net zero emissions target, Morrison told the business leaders that Australia's energy mix must change over the next 30 years "on the road to net zero emissions".

The vaccine is still recommended for those aged over 50 and will be the primary vaccination offered to anyone in that specific age group.

Close to 1.6 million doses of the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines have been administered in Australia so far.

"Unfortunately, today, I have only 17 booked", Dr Rifi said. "I think it's the side effects and the reported cases of the clots that happened in Australia".

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