ScoMo Was Caught Trying To Take Credit For “Extra Pfizer Doses” That Were Already On Their Way
The day started with Scott Morrison announcing 1 million new Pfizer doses from 19 July. But a statement released by Pfizer is being seen by some as a contradiction, and that it's just business as usual.
This morning Scott Morrison was touting that Australia would see 1 million new Pfizer jabs a week from Monday — and the story was reported as exclusive in The Australian naming it a “potentially game-changing deal.”
“Scott Morrison on Thursday announced a dramatic acceleration of the vaccination program in Sydney – including 150,000 extra doses of Pfizer and 150,000 AstraZeneca vaccines,” The Australian reported.
ABC Radio has also reported that the delivery would be brought forward to August from September and that a deal was “renegotiated”.
But also this morning, a statement from Pfizer via ABC journalist Rachel Mealey says there is no change and… maybe it’s just the same as before?
The statement from Pfizer reads:
“Pfizer is committed to delivering 40 million doses of the pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to Australia over 2021 has not changed. We continue to work closely with the Government to support their rollout program.
The total number of 40 million doses we are contracted to deliver to Australia over 2021 has not changed. We continue to work closely with the Government to support their rollout program.”
How it started:
Exclusive: Australia has clinched a potentially game-changing deal to triple our access to Pfizer doses to one million a week from July 19.https://t.co/E00An6Hjfh
— The Australian (@australian) July 8, 2021
How it’s going:
Here’s a screenshot of the full statement: pic.twitter.com/NaDgnqV0TX
— Rachel Mealey (@rachelmealey) July 8, 2021
Executive Producer of RN Breakfast, Julia Holman says “Pfizer is stressing the delivery of more vaccine is part of the company’s normal ramp-up, and it’s not EXTRA doses as has been reported. They say we should expect to get the full delivery of 40 million doses by the end of 2021.”
Pfizer is stressing the delivery of more vaccine is part of the company’s normal ramp-up, and it’s not EXTRA doses as has been reported.
— Julia Holman (@JulesHolman) July 9, 2021
This Pfizer statement contrasts with @ScottMorrisonMP & Govt’s assertions this morning:
“Pfizer is committed to delivering 40 million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to Australia over 2021. The total number of 40 million doses we are contracted to
— Sabra Lane (@SabraLane) July 8, 2021
Earlier this week the Federal Government met with big businesses to potentially expand the vaccine rollout across places like Bunnings carparks. On Tuesday, Lieutenant General John Frewen said by September or October, Australians under 40 would would have a choice of vaccines, once they had more supply.
In the meantime, everyone is confused.
Are you serious? The contract hasn’t changed there’s no increase.. he lied
— jeremy (@SelleckJeremy) July 8, 2021
I didn’t see his comments directly, but from what was reported he wasn’t saying we’re getting more than 40 million doses, only that some due later in the year will now be brought forward?
— 💉Henry Madison DPhil (@RageSheen) July 9, 2021
— Uptownerd (@uptownerd) July 9, 2021