The primary tool for ending the lockdown in Sydney is the success of the lockdown in Sydney. The virus does not move on its own. Staying at home ensures that the virus does not move.
And I can only reinforce the importance, as was achieved in Melbourne last year over a long period of time. A different variant, the delta variant, is in contrast to last year’s alpha variant, the previous variant. This makes the challenge more difficult.
But we are also doing so now as the population in New South Wales increases vaccination. That is why we worked with the Ministry of Health, and of course with General Frewin, and not just for him New South Wales. I also stress Queensland, we had another arrangement in place, and that was to provide additional doses to make sure it met the operational needs, the urgency that was there.
Now, we haven’t taken these doses from other states or territories.
We haven’t done it in a way that might mean slowing down the vaccination program in other parts of the country.
That would be dangerous, because the whole program needs to move forward. And so we didn’t want to cancel appointments in other parts of the country. What we’ve done In addition to the 200,000 doses we’ve already given to NSW for Pfizer, over a million doses available to NSW at AstraZeneca, plus we’ve delivered another 180,000 doses.
This means that later on they won’t have to change any dates either. This is what the Prime Minister and I discussed.