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A senior politician in NSW has launched a pretty extraordinary attack on the country’s vaccine advisory body, saying it’s time to throw caution to the wind and “use our ample and increasing supplies of (AstraZeneca)”.

Stuart Ayres is the Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney and a member of the state’s Crisis Cabinet, which decides the response to the covid crisis.

He told The Daily Telegraph newspaper that current advice for Australians under 50 to avoid the AstraZeneca jab over extremely rare but serious blood-clotting risks should be abandoned.

“With deaths increasing and people under 50 filling more hospital beds we need to be using our ample and increasing supplies of AstraZeneca vaccine,” Mr Ayres said.

“ATAGI’s confusing advice has led to less people getting vaccinated not more. Their short-sightedness has increased the risk of death, hospitalisation and sickness from covid.”

He was scathing of ATAGI, saying the agency’s changing advice was “like fitting an airbag after a car crash.”

Young people know “we don’t live in a risk-free world” and should be allowed to get the jab if they choose to, Mr Ayres said, commending those who’ve already done so.


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