The first shipment of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine is set to reach Australia this week.
Health Minister Greg Hunt said the rollout was on track with about 80,000 doses to arrive in just days.
“The vaccines are scheduled to land in Australia before the end of the week, if not earlier,” he said.
Mr Hunt said security around the shipment will be tight and the Therapeutic Goods Administration would be conducting safety checks.
“They will look to see that all of the vials are intact and haven’t had seals broken, and they will also do much testing as part of that,” he said.
“Some of that has been done in Europe. Additional tests will be done here in Australia. Our number one priority is safety, safety, safety.”
The health minister said the first jabs would be done by the end of the month.
More to come.