Scott Morrison – Dispelling ‘climate of fear’ will require ‘near-universal vaccination’: Peta Credlin
Sky News host Peta Credlin says it was a “mistake” for the prime minister to drop vaccine targets given “you can’t meet what you can’t measure”, and the best advice for Scott Morrison would be to “just get on with it”.
“Scott Morrison knows he’s got a challenge on his hands – that’s why he’s asked the so-called National Cabinet to start meeting twice a week again,” Ms Credlin said.
“Unfortunately for the federal government, telling the states your troubles doesn’t magically fix them.
“In essence, states have had the benefit of COVID incumbency because they’ve locked us up – we’ve been told – to keep us safe… it’s far from clear that the feds will get anything like the same political bounce as the state premiers.”
Ms Credlin said Morrison and his government to date have “over-promised and under-delivered”.
The government had said there would be four million vaccinations by the end of March, and everyone wanting to be vaccinated was supposed to have the jab by October.
But “because of Europe’s vaccine nationalism” and the safety concerns around the AstraZeneca vaccine, it’s meant the government “can’t say when full vaccination will be achieved,” according to Ms Credlin.
“But after a difficult few months he’s got to give them something to work with, and to be honest my best advice would be PM, just get on with it,” she said.