April 18, 2021

Australia news live: New Zealand to announce Covid travel bubble; Turnbull dropped from NSW climate change board

Jacinda Ardern expected to announce start date of trans-Tasman bubble, which would allow travel between...

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2.33am BST

The NSW premier has been asked several times about the vaccine rollout to pharmacies reportedly being delayed by at least a month.

She said she wasn’t aware of the details, but again questions the federal government’s October deadline for vaccinating every willing adult in the country with at least one dose. But it’s worth noting her tone is considerably more measured and supportive of the commonwealth than last week.

Look, it’s a challenge which is why for some months now, the New South Wales government has been advocating to allow the states to step up and support the efforts.

The commonwealth is negotiating regarding the pharmacy rollout so I don’t have much information about that. I’m relieved we can work together to try and hit those targets. It will be a big stretch. Six million by October is a big stretch even for the first shot but having said that, we need to work as hard as we can together to get as many people vaccinated as possible because it will literally change our lives. We’ve done so well with Covid to date. We’re not out of the woods.

2.29am BST

Berejiklian is being asked about the federal government’s plans to create mass vaccination hubs in NSW, such as those seen in stadiums and parks in other countries.

One potential location is the Sydney Showground.

It goes both ways. Having one centre detracts from people being able to access from their local communities and really ignores the rural and regional communities that need to have the vaccine as well…

I’m incredibly proud of the New South Wales government’s contribution to date. I don’t know any other state that’s done close to 128,000 vaccines. There’s more to do but this is not a competition. This is about making sure that we get as close to six million people vaccinated by the end of the year as possible because that really will change our lives for the better.

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