Friday, September 17

Foley: ‘Don’t blame ATAGI for doing their job’


Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley says governments should work with ATAGI and not “blame them for doing their job” after the prime minister publicly appealed for them to change their advice on the AstraZeneca vaccine.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison made it clear the government was lobbying ATAGI to change its recommendations advising AstraZeneca for over 60s due to the increased risk of COVID in multiple states. 

“I saw the prime minister’s comments, they did strike me as unusual,” Mr Foley said. 

“The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation is an advisory group as is implicit in its name and they are the most pre-eminent physicians and experts in their field, and they respond to the inquires and issues that governments put to them.

“It’s up to governments to work through what that advice that they seek is and if there’s further work to be done, rather than blame shift, work with ATAGI. 

“ATAGI have always, in my limited dealing throughout the course of this pandemic been solution-focussed in their advice to government.

“if there’s a problem, work through it with them, don’t blame them for doing their job.”

Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley says governments should work with ATAGI and not “blame them for doing their job” after the prime minister publicly appealed for them to change their advice on the AstraZeneca vaccine.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison made it clear the government was lobbying ATAGI to change its recommendations advising AstraZeneca for over 60s due to the increased risk of COVID in multiple states.

“I saw the prime minister’s comments, they did strike me as unusual,” Mr Foley said.

“The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation is an advisory group as is implicit in its name and they are the most pre-eminent physicians and experts in their field, and they respond to the inquires and issues that governments put to them.

“It’s up to governments to work through what that advice that they seek is and if there’s further work to be done, rather than blame shift, work with ATAGI.

“ATAGI have always, in my limited dealing throughout the course of this pandemic been solution-focussed in their advice to government.

“if there’s a problem, work through it with them, don’t blame them for doing their job.” Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley says governments should work with ATAGI and not “blame them for doing their job” after the prime minister publicly appealed for them to change their advice on the AstraZeneca vaccine.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison made it clear the government was lobbying ATAGI to change its recommendations advising AstraZeneca for over 60s due to the increased risk of COVID in multiple states.

“I saw the prime minister’s comments, they did strike me as unusual,” Mr Foley said.

“The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation is an advisory group as is implicit in its name and they are the most pre-eminent physicians and experts in their field, and they respond to the inquires and issues that governments put to them.

“It’s up to governments to work through what that advice that they seek is and if there’s further work to be done, rather than blame shift, work with ATAGI.

“ATAGI have always, in my limited dealing throughout the course of this pandemic been solution-focussed in their advice to government.

“if there’s a problem, work through it with them, don’t blame them for doing their job.”

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