Victoria to receive ‘surge’ of Pfizer, Moderna vaccine doses as 392 cases recorded – as it happened

By Mostafa Rachwani (now) and Matilda Boseley (earlier)

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What we learned, Sunday 12 September

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Federal health minister Greg Hunt has also fronted the media, talking about the Moderna vaccine deal, and particularly the extra 417,219 vaccines going to Victoria.

We know it’s a challenging time, as a Victorian I understand this, and I see this, and so this is about hope, and support and protection to Victoria.

GPs in the state will get an extra 127,680 Pfizer doses over and above their expected allocation, while 180,786 Moderna will be allocated for pharmacies focused in the north-west of Melbourne. Another 108,000 will go to state clinics.

Hunt also rejected suggestions he could have pursued Pfizer more aggressively for a deal last year, saying that Australia had secured the maximum quantity available.

There are no scenarios under which there would have been any different outcome...

Pfizer has categorically rejected the position put forward by the Labor party.

He said his office was engaged with the company directly from March.

They understandably had to prioritise those countries of origin of manufacture who were also fighting death.

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Mostafa Rachwani (@Rachwani91)

I think most takes miss the point re the photos of people at the beach. Sure, it's allowed, whatever, ultimately, the outrage is about solidarity. This is a city divided, by wealth, opportunity, access. No one in the West can lounge on a beach, let alone leave their homes.

September 12, 2021

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Josh Butler (@JoshButler)

Greg Hunt says the federal government's "vaccine surge" to Victoria in September includes:- 127,600 additional Pfizer doses to GPs- 108,700 additional Pfizer doses delivered to VIC government for state clinics

- 180,700 extra Moderna to pharmacies pic.twitter.com/ml46NnhVyY

September 12, 2021

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Andy Knight is broke, and there is no end to lockdown in sight.

On a day when the ACT chief minister announced another two dozen Covid cases, Knight went down to the shops thinking he had $28 to his name. But the ATM showed minus three dollars.

“Some pending payments suddenly came through at the wrong time for me,” he says.

It wasn’t always like this. One of the big, cruel ironies of Australia’s pandemic is that for people like Knight, 57, in some ways life may never have been better than last year.

That’s not to say that it was easy. Not by any stretch. It was still very, very tough.

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