Coronavirus vaccine update, August 20: Australia to make vaccines free for its citizens

Coronavirus vaccine update, August 20: Australia to make vaccines free for its citizens

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine tracker August 20 update: In some countries there is a relatively low level of confidence in the vaccines being developed, mainly because of the haste with which they are being produced.

Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker, August 20: A day after Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a Coronavirus vaccine deal with pharma major AstraZeneca and said all Australians will get the vaccinated for free, he went on to suggest that he would also like it to become mandatory for everyone in his country. Within hours, however, he was forced to backtrack and clarify his statement.

“I would expect it to be as mandatory as you can possibly make,” Morrison was reported as having said in a radio programme.

“We are talking about a pandemic that has destroyed the global economy and taken the lives of hundreds of thousands all around the world, and over 430 Australians. So, you know, we need the most extensive and comprehensive response to this to get Australia back to normal,” the Prime Minister said.

But within hours, he had to alter his position and clarify, in another radio programme, that all he meant to say was that he would like to “encourage” everyone to take the Coronavirus vaccine.

“We can’t hold someone down and make them take it,” he said.