Australia – Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison has backtracked on comments he made stating that he would like coronavirus vaccinations to become mandatory for all Australian citizens.
In reference to a vaccine being developed by the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca and Oxford University, Morrison said it should be “as mandatory as you can possibly make it” if clinical trials are successful.
Some leading experts have voiced concern that such a discussion could be counterproductive and even dangerous given the vaccine has not yet been shown as effective or safe.
Morrison later backtracked on the comments.
“It is not going to be compulsory to have the vaccine, OK? It’s not compulsory. There are no compulsory vaccines in Australia,” he told Sydney radio station 2GB.
“There will be a lot of encouragement and measures to get as high a rate of acceptance as usual,”