Brad Hazzard said he can’t confirm if Pfizer vaccines are on the way to NSW from the national stockpile. Picture: David SwiftSource:News Corp Australia
Brad Hazzard says he is in the dark about thousands of Pfizer vaccines apparently en route to Sydney from the national stockpile.
The NSW health minister made the surprising comment on Saturday when asked about reports Scott Morrison had decided to funnel extra doses to his state.
“I can‘t confirm that because I don’t know that,” Mr Hazzard said. “I’ve seen nothing in writing, if that has happened.”
According to an AAP report on Saturday, the prime minister’s office said thousands of doses of Pfizer — on top of the 150,000 sent to NSW earlier this month — would arrive in the state within a week.
The NSW health Minister hit out at the secrecy surrounding the national stockpile. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Bianca De MarchiSource:News Corp Australia
After saying he could not confirm if the doses were on the way or how many were being sent, Mr Hazzard hit out at the Commonwealth for a lack of transparency surrounding vaccines and the national stockpile.
“I have no idea how much, if any, are in our national stockpile,” he said.
“I simply don’t know that. I would like to know.”
He added that last year he and other health ministers had been “frustrated” by secrecy around how much personal protective equipment was in the national stockpile.
“We never got to find out … so we went about making sure in NSW our staff were protected,” he said.
“I’m just being open and honest here because there is no other alternative at this point.”
NSW recorded 163 new cases on Saturday, the highest number in the outbreak to date.
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