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Sep 03, 2021

Britain is rushing four million Pfizer-BioNTech doses to Australia, where authorities are scrambling to bolster supplies of that COVID-19 vaccine and protect the population against a rapidly spreading outbreak of the delta variant.

The swap deal announced Friday follows Australian deals with Singapore and Poland to address a short-term Pfizer shortage.

Australia was keen to make more vaccine deals with other governments, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

“I said I would leave no stone unturned and I can tell you I’ve been turning over some stones in recent times to ensure that we can progress the vaccination program as quickly as we possibly can,” Morrison said.

Australia has particularly low vaccination levels compared to other wealthy nations, with only 36 per cent of Australians aged 16 and older fully vaccinated.

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