Coronavirus updates LIVE: AstraZeneca blood clot cases force major changes to vaccine rollout

Health Minister Greg Hunt has reassured Australians, saying the country with get through the vaccination program despite the unexpected AstraZeneca setback on Thursday.

“Nobody has ever said that it would all be on one day that this is a program through the course of the year,” Mr Hunt told ABC radio.“That’s a reality in a world of a global pandemic, with immense, immense international competition.

“Against that background, we have secured one of the higher rates in the world for vaccine availability.”

The government’s plan to vaccinate the entire population by October is now in doubt as authorities review Australia’s vaccine portfolio with the entire rollout now requiring an overhaul.

“We’ll get through it, we’ll protect everybody, and the programme continues,” Mr Hunt said. “There will be some adjustments, but we’ll keep Australians safe, and we’ll get them vaccinated.”

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