‘Don’t let him get away with this!’ Watch Hamish Macdonald’s VERY tense exchange with Labor heavyweight Kristina Keneally over Australia’s vaccine rollout
- Labor Senator has clashed with host of ABC’s Q&A over Covid vaccine rollout
- Kristina Keneally wanted to criticise the government’s rollout on the program
- Liberal Minister Zed Seselja said most Australians will be vaccinated by October
- However country’s top health bureaucrat said vaccination targets won’t be met
A federal Labor heavyweight and host of ABC’s panel program Q&A have clashed over a Liberal minister’s prediction that Australia will meet its vaccination targets.
Labor Senator Kristina Keneally was interrupted by host Hamish Macdonald after she tried to attack the government’s rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Liberal Minister for International Development and the Pacific Zed Seselja said the government will accomplish its goal of having most Australian adults immunised by October despite the slow start to the program.
But on Wednesday Health Department Secretary Brendan Murphy said that he couldn’t even promise to give four million Australians the jab by next month.
Federal Labor heavyweight Kristina Keneally (pictured) and the host of ABC’s panel program Q&A Hamish Macdonald have clashed over a Liberal Ministers explanation for Australia’s late vaccine schedule
Mr Seselja said the country will start manufacturing coronavirus vaccines in order to make sure most adults got the jab before the end of the year.
‘There are always challenges in rolling these things out early … We haven’t put all our eggs in one basket. We can manufacture and we’re procuring from various sources,’ he told the Q&A audience on Thursday night.
‘I think what you’ll see over the next few weeks is it will start to roll out far more quickly.’
Former New South Wales Premier Kristina Keneally tried to refute Mr Seselja claims but host Macdonald wanted to move onto another topic.
Labor Senator Kristina Keneally was interrupted by host Hamish Macdonald (pictured on another episode of the program) after she tried to attack the government’s roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine
‘I have to respond to that. Prime Minister said we’d be at the front of the queue. We’re not, 74 countries are ahead of us,’ she said.
‘Four million of us would be vaccinated by the end of March, we’ve only got 3.9million to go by the end of March.’
‘Let’s move on. Let’s get to-,’ Mr Macdonald interjected.
‘That sounds like some talking points I’ve heard before.’
‘C’mon! Today they confirmed,’ Ms Keneally said.
‘Let’s get to some other issues dominating the national conversation,’ Mr McDonald continued.
‘They confirmed we would not hit the October deadline. Don’t let him get away with that,’ Ms Keneally said before the conversation moved on.
On Wednesday Health Department Secretary Brendan Murphy (pictured) admitted not all Australians will be vaccinated by October, the original deadline proposed by the government
The heated argument comes after Australia’s top health bureaucrat conceded plans to have most adults inoculated with two doses of the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines by October this year was unlikely.
Speaking on Wednesday, Brendan Murphy said the original target of four million vaccinations in Australia by next month won’t be achieved because of ‘global supply issues’, such as European countries restricting exports.
‘It would be impossible to predict exactly when we will hit four million [vaccinations] until we actually know what the international supplies will be like,’ Murphy said.
‘But it will be done as quickly and safely as we can with the available vaccines.’
About 100,000 Australians were believed to have been inoculated on Wednesday.
About 100,000 Australians have been inoculated at this stage, which is well short of government forecasts. Pictured: A hotel quarantine worker being vaccinated on March 1