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Covid jab approved for Aus rollout


The first Covid vaccine has been given regulatory approval for use in Australia.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has granted provisional clearance for the Pfizer jab to be given to people aged 16 and over.

Australia is one of a handful of countries to give the wider approval, rather than the emergency permissions in use in the US and UK.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says supply issues mean the first doses may be slightly delayed, but the planned rollout is on track.

"We're more looking at late February and mid-February now, because of the challenges that we've seen in the production and delivery for both AstraZeneca and Pfizer," he said. 

Local health authorities are yet to indicate how it will be distributed in Tasmania.

AMA Tasmania President Dr Helen McArdle expects it'll be done through hospitals initially..

"Mainly because the Pfizer vaccine has such stringent transport and storage conditions, requiring minus 70 degrees, and by utilising hospitals as hubs it can be controlled much more easily than an out-of-hospital setting," she said.