Queensland Treasurer Cameron Dick says he referred to as for a evaluation Australia’s vaccine manufacturing capability six years in the past however the federal authorities laughed in his face.
The nationwide coronavirus vaccine drive was set again on Thursday night time by new well being recommendation to not administer the AstraZeneca shot to individuals below 50 due to a particularly uncommon however severe blood-clot facet impact.
Melbourne-based CSL is presently solely in a position to produce the AstraZeneca vaccine domestically, which means important delays within the rollout at the moment are anticipated.
Mr Dick urged the Commonwealth to evaluation native vaccine manufacturing in November 2015 when he was well being minister amid issues with provides of whooping cough and flu jabs.
“I referred to as on the federal authorities to do a evaluation and to ensure we had that sovereign functionality as a nation,” he informed reporters on Friday.
“They laughed in my face. The then federal well being minister (Sussan Ley) laughed in my face, and Australians are paying the value.”
Queensland is but to decide on suspending the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine for individuals below the age of fifty after Western Australia and Tasmania moved to halt the jabs.
“As we obtain extra data from the Commonwealth about these adjustments and perceive how they will influence Queensland’s rollout we’ll give you extra data,” Queensland Well being mentioned in a press release.
“If in case you have fast questions on getting vaccinated speak to your GP or treating clinician.”
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Chief Well being Officer Jeannette Younger will communicate concerning the new AstraZeneca recommendation after nationwide cupboard on Friday.
The delay within the nationwide vaccine rollout is predicted increase the chance of additional city-wide lockdowns to stem virus outbreaks.
Better Brisbane was locked down final month for 3 days after two clusters emerged within the metropolis’s north.
Mr Dick mentioned the state remains to be assessing the financial impacts of the shut down, however that companies had reported robust buying and selling over Easter.
“We will monitor that intently, notably over the college vacation interval, to see what the financial exercise has been,” he mentioned.
“We have seen some robust bookings, robust exercise in lodging, in retail and hospitality as effectively.
“So, our primary factor is to watch what the rebound is out of the lockdown.
“Already the information exhibits some fairly good financial exercise, so we’ll monitor that and take a look at what we have to do.”