Coronavirus latest news: Australian PM suggests UK cut corners to rush out vaccines –

Pressed about that seemingly sluggish timetable, Mr Morrison – who early in the pandemic boasted Australia would be “at the front of the queue” for any vaccine – suggested virus-ravaged countries like Britain had been forced to take risks with emergency approvals.

“Australia is not in an emergency situation like the United Kingdom. So we don’t have to cut corners. We don’t have to take unnecessary risks,” the conservative leader told local radio 3AW.

Australia had largely eliminated community transmission but is currently battling to contain small clusters of the disease in the country’s biggest cities, Sydney and Melbourne.

Around 26 people are currently in hospital nationwide with the disease.

He said Britain, with almost 60,000 cases of Covid-19 a day was “in the very early phases” of the vaccine rollout and “they’ve had quite a few problems, and they’re doing it on an emergency basis”.

“They’re not testing batches of vaccines before they’re disseminated across the population, is my understanding,” Morrison said, insisting Australia would carry out such testing.