Health officials ‘trashing’ AstraZeneca jab ‘appalling’: Shorten

Shadow Government Services Minister Bill Shorten says he is “appalled” at how public health officials have treated the AstraZeneca vaccine.

“I have been appalled at how the AZ has been trashed, I don’t think that was the right thing to do in public health messaging,” he told Sky News Australia.

Mr Shorten said Australia was “producing a million doses of AZ a week” and people should not be dying unvaccinated when there are “literally millions of doses of AZ not being used”.

“I understand some people want to wait until they get their Pfizer and I suppose that’s their call but having said that, AZ’s used all around the world.”

“Pfizer may be your gold medal choice but why don’t we encourage people to get the AZ now and it’ll stop being dying, in my opinion.”