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What Can Be Learned from the Early Stages of the COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout in Australia : A Case Study

Published inEpidemiologia, vol. 2, no. 4, p. 587-607
Publication date2021-12-03
First online date2021-12-03

This paper addresses the SARS-CoV-2 vaccination progress in Australia. Globally, Australia was initially praised for its national COVID-19 response, reflecting well with regard to case numbers and mortality rates. However, Australia’s progress with its vaccine rollout has come under scrutiny. When compared globally, it fares very low in terms of the number of vaccine doses administered. This paper discusses the first three months of the vaccination process, and the challenges Australia faced during that time. Through an extensive literature review, data was collected on relevant topics concerning all aspects of the Australian COVID-19 situation. The following key points are discussed: the specific COVID-19 organisation at the federal vs. the state government levels, the Australian economy, the vaccine supply strategy, and the vaccine priority roll out. In conclusion, we highlight the impact of Australia initially relying heavily on the AstraZeneca vaccine, which subsequently came under fire regarding safety issues likely linking the vaccine to thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS).

  • Aboriginal populations
  • AstraZeneca
  • Australia
  • COVID-19 response
  • Economy
  • Federal/state government
  • Supply strategy
  • Vaccine strategy
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CHOISEUL, Juliette Caroline et al. What Can Be Learned from the Early Stages of the COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout in Australia : A Case Study. In: Epidemiologia, 2021, vol. 2, n° 4, p. 587–607. doi: 10.3390/epidemiologia2040040
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