NSW health minister Brad Hazzard has hit out furiously at other states over their reaction to his state’s cry for help. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Bianca De MarchiSource:News Corp Australia
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard has blasted the rest of the nation for not immediately sending Pfizer vaccine supplies to Sydney as the state plunges deeper into a Covid crisis.
Shortly after announcing 163 new cases on Saturday, the Mr Hazzard said he was disturbed by how other leaders had responded to the state’s plea for help on Friday.
“I want to remind those other states and territories that last time I looked, we were a Commonwealth, we worked together,” he said.
“It disturbs me that it would (seem) that all we’ve ever done to work together has just seemingly been cast aside.”
Mr Hazzard said that during Victoria’s second wave in mid-2020 he had sent health staff down to Victoria who “put their lives on the line”.
Mr Hazzard likened the Covid crisis to working together on bushfires and floods. Picture: NCA NewsWire / David SwiftSource:News Corp Australia
When they came back, he said, they told him “they really did feel that they had risked their lives in going down there, but that was what they were prepared to do to support our friends in Victoria, our fellow Australians in Victoria”.
Mr Hazzard likened the Covid crisis to bushfires and floods, saying he “can’t quite see the difference” between states working together to address natural disasters and doing the same with the virus.
“If it gets worse here in NSW, (the virus) could actually create massive problems for the whole country,” he said.
“More than half of all Australians who have come back have come back through the gateway of Sydney.
“We continue to step up and make sure that we support our nation, our Commonwealth, and I certainly ask for the other leaders in our other states to reflect on that, because we need the Pfizer that they may have that they don’t have such a great need for at the present time.”
He appealed for Pfizer supplies to be funnelled straight to young people in southwest and western Sydney.
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“We need them to have the Pfizer,” he said.
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