The Courier-Mail



AUSTRALIA has ruled out using Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine as part of the immediate rollout.

The revelation­s follow damning advice last week that the AstraZenec­a vaccine was no longer recommende­d for people aged under 50.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single-dose jab, administer­ed across the US and approved for use in Europe.

But a spokespers­on for Health Minister Greg Hunt said it was an adenovirus vaccine, the same type as AstraZenec­a. “The government does not intend to purchase any further adenovirus vaccines at this time,” the spokespers­on said.

Opposition health spokesman Mark Butler said it was “not good enough” to learn of this developmen­t from a spokespers­on without any explanatio­n. “We’ve got a vaccine rollout that’s run off the rails,” he said.

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