Australia to purchase 20 million more doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine – PM

FILE PHOTO: Vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are pictured in a vaccination centre in Geneva, Switzerland, February 3, 2021. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

CANBERRA (Reuters) – Australia will purchase another 20 million doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday.

Australia on Thursday said it now recommended people under 50 are inoculated with the Pfizer vaccine in favour of that produced by AstraZeneca citing rare blood clots.

Australia last year purchased 20 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine. However, as it needs additional supplies following the updated advice, Morrison said Canberra will double that order, with the latest batch to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2021.

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