‘I’m sorry’: Scott Morrison apologises for slow pace of Australia’s vaccine rollout

The prime minister says Coalition didn’t achieve marks ‘we had hoped for’ but was now focused on ‘turning this around’

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Scott Morrison has apologised for Australia’s slow vaccination rollout a day after he repeatedly declined to say sorry for the government’s missteps during an interview with a Melbourne radio host.

“I’m certainly sorry we haven’t been able to achieve the marks that we hoped for at the beginning of this year,” the prime minister told reporters in Canberra on Thursday when announcing that pharmacies, backed by a commonwealth indemnity, would be able to administer AstraZeneca vaccinations from August.

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