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NORMAN SWAN to tackle COVID-19 Vaccine mess – This week on Q+A

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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:

Norman Swan

Presenter, RN and Coronacast

Dr Norman Swan is host of ABC’s Coronacast, as well as a multi-award winning producer and broadcaster.

James Paterson

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.

Katy Gallagher

Shadow Minister for Finance

Katy Gallagher resumed her Senate career at the 2019 election, after it was interrupted by a High Court ruling that her British citizenship made her ineligible to sit as a Senator.

Vicky Xu

Journalist and researcher

Vicky Xu is a journalist and researcher who has worked with the New York Times, ABC, and the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

David Olsson

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.

Q+A airs Thursday April 15 8.30pm on ABC, Live From Melbourne

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