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Scott Morrison has taken to Facebook to reassure Australians the government's COVID-19 vaccination program is safe and rolling out in a timeframe comparable to other countries.
The prime minister launched the video message as the government faced a swathe of criticism over the pace of the rollout and concerns about the safety of the country's mainstay AstraZeneca vaccine.
The government abandoned any target time to complete the vaccination program after medical authorities recommended people under 50 get the Pfizer vaccine instead of AstraZeneca because of rare blood clotting concerns.
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Mr Morrison said targets were not possible as COVID "writes its own rules".
"You don't get to set the agenda," he said.
"You have to be able to respond quickly to when things change and we've had to deal with a lot of changes.
"Rather than set targets that can get knocked about by every to and fro of international supply chains and other disruptions that can occur, we are just getting on with it."
Launching daily vaccination data updates to be published online, he said Australia's rate of 1.2 million to date was comparable to other major countries.
"You will be able to keep track of that program and how we compare to countries overseas," he said.
Government figures show Australia's rollout, compared to 12 other nations, is running behind the UK, US, Singapore, Belgium, Italy and Germany.
Scott Morrison abandons target to have all Australians vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of the year
Scott Morrison says given the uncertainties around the AstraZeneca vaccine, the federal government can no longer set targets for the delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations.Australia's medical experts on Thursday changed their official advice, recommending against the use of the AstraZeneca jab for people under the age of 50 because of concerns about a rare blood clotting disease.
Once frontline health workers and other priority groups were vaccinated, Mr Morrison said there would be "opportunity later in the year to do things at a more ramped up scale".
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she had a sense of urgency, as the trajectory of the virus itself could change at any time.
"There will come a point in time when we could be left behind if we don't accelerate what the current plans might be," she said.
Labor health spokesman Mark Butler said it was not possible to have a plan without a target.
"It is simply not a plan," he said.
"The health of Australians depends upon it and strengthening our economic recovery rests very squarely on the effectiveness on the vaccine rollout."
The government says 40 million doses of the imported Pfizer vaccine should be available by the end of the year, on top of local supply of the AstraZeneca version.
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