EU Slaps Down Scotty
Australian PM, Scotty from Marketing, claimed it was all the fault of the EU that his random target of 4 million vaccinations by April was not reached.
On Tuesday Scotty said Australia's vaccine rollout had been hampered by supply issues overseas, claiming the import of 3.1 million vaccine doses had been blocked.
"In early January, we had anticipated we would have those 3.1 million vaccines," he said.
However the EU denied responsibility after Reuters reported an Australian government source had told them the EU had blocked 3.1 million shots of the vaccine.
The chief spokesman for the European Commission the EU's executive branch told a press conference on Tuesday (local time) that the only vaccine export authorisation request that had been denied to Australia was the highly publicised one of 250,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from Italy last month.
The initial shipments of the AstraZeneca vaccine were intended to boost the start of Australia's vaccine rollout, with local drug manufacturer CSL set to produce the 50 million shots.
Around 830,000 local doses were delivered in the first week of the program, but it is not clear how many have been released since then.
There are 2.5 million doses remaining in CSL's cold storage, awaiting batch testing by the medicine regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
Scotty's minions are now claiming it is all "semantics" (they are now rushing around for a dictionary trying to find out what that means)