Federal government accused of failing the nation over AstraZeneca vaccine on Q+A as Martyn Iles defends Israel Folau

Federal government accused of failing the nation over AstraZeneca vaccine on Q+A as Martyn Iles defends Israel Folau

Federal government accused of failing the nation over AstraZeneca vaccine on Q+A as Martyn Iles defends Israel Folau Photo

The Australian government has been accused on Q+A of "failing at the first hurdle" when it comes to the nations vaccine rollout and problems with the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The show aired on Thursday night following Prime Minister Scott Morrisons press conference where he and his team announced the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has a possible link to rare blood clots in a very small number of recipients, would no longer be given to Australians under the age of 50.

On Q+A, multiple panellists criticised Mr Morrison for "backing the wrong horse" and not taking a wider approach to acquiring more different vaccines such as those from Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

"Australians really set the global standard in looking after one another, locking down in a way that reduced our COVID numbers, and our reward for that was meant to be that we would be able to get back on track and for us to maybe get the jump-start on other countries," said federal Labor MP Anika Wells, from Queensland.

But Indigenous lawyer Teela Reid also said the government had failed and accused them of being incompetent before also saying they had really failed First Nations people.

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