The Federal Government has scrapped its targets for the nationwide rollout of Covid-19 vaccines, after new medical advice derailed the rollout.
More doses of the much-needed Pfizer vaccine have been ordered, taking the total number to 40 million. But of that, only about one million has arrived on our shores.
So, when will Australians be fully vaccinated? And how quickly can the Government get the program back on track?
The delay has some experts questioning when Australia’s international borders will reopen. It’s a stark contrast to China, which despite being the origin of the virus, continues to recover strongly, with its economy surging at the start 2021.
The relationship between Australia continues to sour over the fallout of its push for an international investigation into Covid-19. Exporters and business leaders are bearing the brunt and fear it could spell potential economic disaster.
How can the relationship be repaired? Does having a trade relationship with China mean we have to stay silent on human rights issues?
Joining Hamish on the panel:
Presenter, RN and Coronacast
Liberal Senator for Victoria
James Paterson is Australia’s youngest ever Liberal Senator. First elected aged 28, Senator Paterson has spent his professional career fighting for free markets, individual freedom and the preservation of Australia’s constitutional framework.
Shadow Minister for Finance
Journalist and researcher
President, Australia China Business Council
David Olsson is the National President and Chair of the Australia China Business Council, and has been an active supporter of business engagement with China for many years.