22.07.21. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has denied claims he has withdrawn from the public eye over the last few weeks as the spreading Delta variant plunged more than 13 million people across the nation into lockdown. The Prime Minister has hit back at a reporter after he was accused of a lack of leadership with 13.7 million Australians in lockdown due to the spread of the Delta variant. At a press conference on Wednesday Scott Morrison’s apparent absence over the last few days was criticised by members of the press. One reporter pointed out since the Prime Minister had last addressed Australians, Victoria’s lockdown had been extended, South Australia had entered lockdown and the situation had not improved.
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‘I’m not an absent leader’: PM under pressure with 13 million Australians in lockdown
“We have businesses crying for JobKeeper to be reinstated and there is growing criticism that you are an absent leader and that you are passing the buck,” the reporter said.
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“Is that true, Prime Minister? Are you an absent leader?”
In response Mr Morrison abruptly replied “no” and continued on with the press conference.
It comes as the nation struggles to respond to an escalating outbreak of the COVID-19 Delta variant which first emerged in New South Wales and has since spread to Victoria and South Australia.
New South Wales entered lockdown on Saturday June 26 and was followed by Victoria on Friday July 16 and then South Australia on Tuesday July 20.
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Five weeks after the virus first emerged on June 16 half of the Australian population has been plunged into lockdown.
Key economic centres in Sydney and Melbourne have been brought to a standstill with construction and non-essential retail closed by Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Saturday.
The spread of the virus has been further exacerbated by low vaccination rates in the population caused by a delayed vaccine rollout.
As the virus situation continues to deteriorate the Coalition government has fallen to it lowest electoral position since Mr Morrison’s election win in 2019.
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Mr Morrison’s personal approval ratings have plummeted while Labor is on the rise with the two parties now deadlocked in terms of primary vote.
The Prime Minister was questioned about Australia’s limited vaccine supply by the press and attributed delays to difficulties with distribution and problems with the AstraZeneca vaccine.
The Commonwealth originally organised for the AstraZeneca vaccine to be manufactured by CSL in Melbourne but was forced to end the project and phase out the jab after new health advice.
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) labelled Pfizer the preferred vaccine for anyone under 60 after confirming a rare link between AstraZeneca and blood clots.
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Mr Morrison acknowledged his government had focused on the AstraZeneca jab instead of Pfizer because it was believed the BioNTech vaccine needed to be stored in 70 degrees below zero.
“We are a big country. Our most vulnerable populations were in remote and regional areas and Indigenous communities,” he said.
We needed vaccines that we would be able to transport and move around the country far and wide.
“What Australians I think want from me is to make sure we make up that ground, we hit these marks we are hitting and that we are hitting these marks.
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“I take responsibility for the problems that we have had but I am also taking responsibility for the solutions we’re putting in place and the vaccination rates that we are now achieving.”
Today Australia has recorded over 10 million vaccinations nationwide and the speed of the rollout continues to accelerate.
On Tuesday Health Minister Greg Hunt reported 150,000 vaccines had been made available to New South Wales.
He also said new imports of the vaccine should increase the number Pfizer doses made available to GPs from 100,000 to 250,000.
While vaccine rates appear to be improving the latest Newspoll from The Australian has shown the worst result for the Coalition this term.
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