Coronavirus Australia live update: Scott Morrison announces 20m more Pfizer vaccine doses after problems with AstraZeneca-led rollout

Vaccine rollout faces delays as authorities scramble to secure alternatives to AstraZeneca such as Pfizer for under-50s over blood clot fears. Follow updates live

6.12am BST

Western Australia’s premier Mark McGowan has confirmed his state will waive quarantine requirements for arrivals from New Zealand, as part of the two way travel bubble with Australia set to begin from 19 April.

McGowan said:

Following the national arrangements to allow for travel to and from New Zealand earlier this week, I can confirm that from 12:01am, Monday 19 April, we will treat New Zealand as another jurisdiction under Western Australia’s controlled border regime.

Under that classification, travellers from New Zealand will be able to undertake quarantine free travel to Western Australia, however arrivals will still require a G2G Pass, and to undergo the usual health screenings at the airport if required.

5.51am BST

Berejiklian also said it was now “logical” to move ahead of the phase system, and to offer the AstraZeneca vaccine to NSW residents over 50 who may only be set to receive the jab under future phases of the rollout.

Berejiklian said:

We don’t want doses of safe vaccines just sitting idle, if they’re there and we’re able to get them out the door.

That would make logical sense but we have to wait for the Commonwealth, [they’ve] said that they will update us with a vaccination plan and strategy.”

Continue reading…