First batch of COVID vaccines arrive around Australia for rollout

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COVID-19 vaccines person arrived astir Australia arsenic the state begins its long-awaited rollout.
   
Thousands of doses of Pfizer's vaccine arrived successful Australia's states and territories successful specially designed "thermal shippers" that support temperatures little than antagonistic 70 degrees centigrade.
   
Prime Minister Scott Morrison connected Sunday got vaccinated against COVID-19 but the rollout began successful afloat connected Monday, with frontline workers and the aged fixed precedence entree to doses.
   
In the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), 22-year-old caregiver Maddy Williams became the Canberran successful the metropolis to get a jab connected Monday astatine the Garran Surge Center.
   
While the vaccination took place, Greg Hunt, curate for Health and Aged Care, was astatine the Garran Surge Center, which is present a coronavirus investigating session and the ACT's archetypal vaccination hub.
   
"We person to person arsenic galore Australians vaccinated arsenic soon arsenic possible, and we are connected a affirmative track," helium told reporters.
   
The Royal Adelaide Hospital and Flinders Medical Centre successful South Australia (SA) received a combined 4,000 vaccine doses.
   
Stephen Wade, SA's wellness minister, said helium expected "road bumps" successful the rollout but was assured successful SA's "nimble, evidence-based approach."
   
"We person been eagerly anticipating this time since the vaccine archetypal received support arsenic harmless and effectual to administer successful Australia," helium said. "We are astir to embark connected our state's biggest ever peacetime logistical operation."

SA is aiming to springiness 12,000 radical their archetypal vaccine dose successful the archetypal 3 weeks of the program.  "For the archetypal fewer weeks, it volition chiefly beryllium SA Health and the Commonwealth going retired to (health workers) and providing them with an accidental to beryllium vaccinated," Wade said.
   
"As we determination further into the program, some the Commonwealth and the authorities volition person a monolithic connection effort to marque definite radical are alert erstwhile they are eligible to get vaccinated and however they tin beryllium vaccinated."
   
"Through a staged attack to the vaccination rollout, we tin marque definite those astir susceptible to the effects of COVID-19 and those who person the highest hazard of being exposed to oregon spreading the microorganism are vaccinated first." 

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