COVID live updates: NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern wants to see travel bubble return ‘soon’

“This morning we have learned that more than 400 million vaccines have also been delivered around this world, more than 110 million in the United States, and 26 million in the UK, more than half of the adult population have been vaccinated in the United Kingdom.

Here in Australia, in spite of the fact that the Prime Minister promised they would be 400,000 vaccines delivered by the end of March, only 200,000 Australians have received their first dose of their vaccine, more than 99 per cent of Australian still have not received a single dose, so for every Australian today who has received a dose of vaccine, more than 500 Americans have.

“For every Australian who has received a dose of vaccine today, more than 130 people in the United Kingdom have.

“With a vaccine rollout strategy already so far behind schedule, the last thing we needed was the chaos and the dysfunction we saw yesterday with the release of the National booking system. We have seen reports all through the last 24 hours of GP practices being announced a newspaper without knowing, practices being announced as vaccine locations in a newspaper, but not included on the Department of Health website.

“Patients by their thousands reporting to electorate offices and media outlets about trying to build a vaccination, not being able to get through, being told the books are closed from the practices they have contacted and even when they are on the books of a particular practice, been told to ring back as much as one month later.

“So the last thing we needed was fuel on the fire of this chaos and confusion, added by the Minister Greg Hunt this morning. What he said this morning on the radio was today we are announcing over 100 Commonwealth vaccination clinics, that’s a very important addition.

“That expand the capacity very significantly. Not unreasonably I was inundated by media queries, wanting to know the details of these new clinics that were announced as a new initiative, an addition by the Minister at this morning’s AM program.”

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