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The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has lashed the New South Wales government’s move to rollout mass vaccination sites, saying the plan “makes no sense”.

The Guild said pharmacies are set to join the rollout from phase 2a, commencing in June, and that they can support rapid delivery of the vaccine in a way mass vaccination sites can’t.

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An interesting update from the Guardian’s Brussels bureau chief, Daniel Boffey, related to the tensions between Scott Morrison and the European Union over its vaccine export controls.

On Wednesday, as Morrison shifted to blame Australia’s slow vaccine rollout on the 3.1m doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine that haven’t arrived from Europe, he accused the EU of blocking vaccine shipments.

The European Union itself is not receiving much more than three million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines from the provider,

You will remember that the gap between what the company has delivered to us and what was expected, up to the end of the first quarter is extremely big. And that the gap between what we would have expected under the advanced purchasing agreement, and what AstraZeneca is currently saying it will deliver is also extremely important.

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