Australia Covid live news update: NSW records 1,405 new cases as Gladys Berejiklian unveils roadmap out of lockdown; Victoria records 324 cases; ACT records 15

Posted by on September 8, 2021 10:41 pm
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NSW freedoms come into effect the Monday after 70% over-16 vaccination is achieved; state confirms five more deaths; new case in Qld quarantine; 107 of Victoria’s new cases linked to known outbreaks – follow the latest updates live

3.37am BST

Victorian press conference

Health minister Martin Foley says the federal government’s handling of an approach by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer last year was disappointing, but can’t be undone.

Pfizer asked for a meeting with the federal health minister Greg Hunt last June offering “millions of doses” of its coveted Covid-19 vaccine by the end of 2020, documents released under freedom of information show.

Many Australians were surprised to see the material released yesterday. Clearly, what has happened can’t be undone. This is a race. It was always a race. The fact, it would appear, that a leading mRNA vaccine provider put forward a proposition, that wasn’t accepted by government, I guess is disappointing.

We can’t undo what has been done. What we can do is get our hands on as much vaccinations, that we are entitled to, and get them into the arms of Victorians as quickly as we can. As safely as we can and deliver on our version of the national plan. Very very soon. That is the goal.

3.30am BST

With that, I shall leave you in the safe hands of the wonderful Josh Taylor.

I’m not on deck tomorrow but I will see you all bright and early next Monday!

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