Four million Australians including the elderly and health care workers are expected to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by the end of March, as a super-infectious strain from the UK threatens the globe.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who will meet with state and territory leaders on Friday, announced on Thursday officials had advised him approvals for the Pfizer vaccine would be completed within weeks.
The government had earlier this week signalled early March as the start date,.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration approval process regarding another vaccine, by AstraZeneca, is due to be completed in February.
Mr Morrison said he was aware of public concern the vaccines were already being rolled out overseas, but it was important all proper checks were done to ensure their safety.
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