Australian Prime Minister Apologizes for Delayed Vaccine Rollout

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Australian Prime Minister Apologizes for Delayed Vaccine Rollout

Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia took responsibility for the country’s vaccine program, and apologized for the population’s low vaccination rate. One month ago, only 5 percent of those over age 16 were fully vaccinated.

Now, as I said yesterday, I take responsibility for the vaccination program. I also take responsibility for the challenges we’ve had. Obviously some things within our control, some things that are not. And I’m keen to ensure, as we have been over these many months, that we’ve been turning this around. I’m certainly sorry that we haven’t been able to achieve the marks that we had hoped for at the beginning of this year. Of course, I am. But what’s more important is that we’re totally focused on ensuring that we’ve been turning this around. That’s the sort of country we live in. People make their own decisions about their own health and their own bodies. That’s why we don’t have mandatory vaccination in relation to the general population here, because people make their own decisions. And we encourage people to make those decisions. We make as much information available to them as is possible. We all understand that with any vaccine, there are risk factors, and they’re enumerated and they’re made available to people and people make decisions about that.

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