Claims former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd helped Australia’s Pfizer supply have been quashed with a letter revealing just how Australia’s vaccine rollout went wrong.
Reports emerged on Sunday night that Mr Rudd had met with Pfizer boss Dr Albert Bourla and discussed Australia receiving 40 million vaccines last month.
Mr Rudd made it clear to Prime Minister Morrison in a letter, sent on June 31, after the meeting that he was doing so as a “concerned citizen” and not acting on the government’s behalf.
The Morrison government has been criticised for the country’s slow vaccine rollout. Australia’s initial contract with Pfizer was for 10 million jabs, signed in November 2020, this was until last week when the PM announced there would now be 40 million administered by the end of the year.
Health officials quashed claims aired by the ABC that said: “The bringing forward of millions of Pfizer vaccine doses last week followed a back channels intervention eight days earlier by a high-powered network which included a senior business figure despairing of the government‘s failure to secure enough vaccine supplies, and a former prime minister.”