Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he takes responsibility for the slow COVID-19 vaccine rollout, but that the country is now tracking well with the vaccination program.
One million Australians received a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in the past seven days, placing the country on track to offer vaccines to all Australians by the year’s end, Mr Morrison said.
“I take responsibility for the problems that we have had, but I am also taking responsibility for the solutions we’re putting in place and the vaccination rates that we are now achieving,” he said.
Speaking in quarantine from the Prime Minister’s residence, The Lodge, Mr Morrison acknowledged the troubles with the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine.
He said the program was about two months behind the planned schedule at the start of the year.
“We’ve had our challenges with this program, we’ve had significant challenges with this program, as many countries have,” Mr Morrison said.
“What matters is how you fix the things that need to be fixed … today, with the most recent seven day’s data, we finally hit that mark of a million doses in arms in a week.”