Still in Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who is being criticized for a slow launch of vaccines, said that an increased supply of vaccines would not guarantee that New South Wales will come out of the lockdown, but that what was needed was an effective and properly enforced lockdown.
He told reporters at a televised press conference:
Let me be clear: there is no alternative to the blockade in NSW to get this under control. There is no other magic formula that can do that.
While Berejiklian and other state leaders have blamed Canberra for the slow launch of the vaccine, critics have said New South Wales failed to enforce its stay-at-home orders, leading to leaks of Delta variants to others. states, Reuters reports. At least 38 of the new cases in NSW had spent time in the community while infectious, state health authorities said.
The number of cases has remained high even after a four-week lockdown in Sydney, which is now expected to extend beyond July 30. The state reported two deaths overnight, including a woman in her 30s with no pre-existing conditions.
To help speed up vaccinations in Sydney, the official government adviser, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (ATAGI), changed its advice on the AstraZeneca vaccine on Saturday, urging anyone under the age of 60 in the city to seriously consider get vaccinated with that. ATAGI had previously advised against the AstraZeneca vaccine for people under the age of 60 due to concerns about blood clots.
Morrison said Sunday that the government has secured an additional 85 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, but that they will only be delivered in 2022 and 2023. “Having those booster vaccines pre-ordered means we can enter 2022 with confidence,” he said. .
Australia has managed to keep its epidemic largely under control with a total of about 32,600 cases and 918 deaths.