Opinion

Australia's COVID-21: Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory?

By Quentin Grafton, Tom Kompas
April 13 2021 - 7:25pm
A CSL worker rolls out the first batch of Australian-made AstraZeneca vaccines in March. The vaccine is no longer the preferred option for under-50s. Picture: Getty Images

Last Thursday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, accompanied by Australia's key public health officials, announced that the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) is recommending that for persons under 50 years of age the Pfizer vaccine is preferred. This is because of evidence of a very rare but serious side effect of blood clots associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine that may affect up to one in 100,000 people vaccinated.

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