Transcript – Doorstop – Parliament House

GREG HUNT: I’m pleased to be able to report that a second shipment of the Pfizer vaccine has arrived in Australia. It’s the first of two over the course of the next week which between them should deliver 280,000 doses this week; 166,000 doses have arrived; next week it will be approximately 120,000 doses. We’ll…

Transcript – Doorstop – Canberra

RACHEL STEPHEN-SMITH: Alright, well welcome everyone here to Canberra Hospital’s COVID-19 surge centre. This incredible facility was built really quickly when we didn’t know what was going to happen with COVID-19 in case we needed extra emergency department capacity. But for the last two months it’s been a COVID-19 testing centre, and now it’s our…

Interview with David Speers – Insiders – ABC

E&OE…                       Topics: The timeframe for vaccinations for COVID-19; overcoming vaccine hesitancy; rape allegations in Parliament.   DAVID SPEERS: Minister, welcome to the program.   GREG HUNT: Morning.   DAVID SPEERS: Let’s just start with this point about how long it’s taken to get to the point we’re at now.   Australia did take longer…

Medicare bulk billing rates continue to grow

More Australians than ever are receiving the medical care they need at no cost to themselves, as recent data shows almost nine out of 10 visits to the GP over the year to December were provided with no out-of-pocket cost.   Record GP bulk billing rates reached an all-time high of 89.3 per cent for…

Transcript – Press Conference – Canberra

E&OE…                       Topics: Vaccine rollout in Australia.   GREG HUNT: Good afternoon everybody. I am joined by Professor Brandan Murphy who is the head of the Vaccines Taskforce. We wanted to outline today the next steps with regards to phase 1A of Australia’s COVID vaccine program, which begins next Monday.   Before doing so, I,…

INITIAL TOWNS, SUBURBS AND HUBS FOR COVID-19 VACCINE

Australia’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program will commence from next week. People in priority groups who are most at risk and who need protection the most – will receive a vaccine first. The rollout will begin with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, and following the approval by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on Tuesday, will include the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine…

Ensuring senior Australians are vaccinated against COVID-19

Tens of thousands of aged care residents in Australia will soon receive their first vaccine dose against COVID-19 next week.   The Australian Government is ensuring those who are particularly vulnerable to the worst effects of the coronavirus receive the earliest protection, so priority is being given to residential aged care facility staff and residents.…

Increasing ovarian cancer care and support

As part of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, the Morrison Government will provide a further $1 million to Ovarian Cancer Australia for their work supporting those living with ovarian cancer.   Each year in Australia, approximately 1,500 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Tragically, more than 1,000 will die. While ovarian cancer is more commonly diagnosed…

First Pfizer Vaccine Doses Arrive in Australia

More than 142,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine have arrived at Sydney airport in a major milestone in Australia’s response to the pandemic. This is the first shipment of 20 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine the Government has secured as part of Australia’s COVID-19 Vaccine and Treatment Strategy. The doses have been securely…

Transcript – 2GB interview with Jim Wilson

E&OE…                       Topics: Vaccine arrival in Australia; Victoria lockdown;   JIM WILSON: Big news this afternoon, very exciting. The first shipment of the Pfizer vaccine has arrived in Australia. Health Minister Greg Hunt announced the great news earlier today.   The first dose is set to be rolled out in one week beginning next Monday.…