South Western Times

Vital cash injection

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The Federal Government hopes to progress Australia’s slow-moving COVID-19 vaccinatio­n rollout with a further $1.9 billion of spending injected by the 2021/22 Federal Budget.

More vials of vaccines will be purchased — including 30 million more Pfizer/Biotech mRNA doses — to bring Australia’s total order of Pfizer, AstraZenec­a and Novavax doses to 170 million.

A further $1.5 billion will be spent on other pandemic health measures, such as virus testing and hospital funding.

The Budget’s economic forecasts assume a vaccine is likely to be available to all Australian­s by the end of the year. But the level of internatio­nal arrivals will “continue to be constraine­d by State and Territory quarantine caps” for the rest of this year, while internatio­nal travel will be low until mid-2022.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the first priority was to keep Australian­s safe from COVID.

“Australian­s have already received over 2.5 million doses,” he said on Tuesday night.

 ?? Pic: Trevor Collens ?? Rachel and Michael King, with Chloe, 5, and Braydon, 1, support vaccinatio­n in the hope they will be able to travel again.
Pic: Trevor Collens Rachel and Michael King, with Chloe, 5, and Braydon, 1, support vaccinatio­n in the hope they will be able to travel again.

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