Scott Morrison urged Australians to remain calm over reports that a man’s death may have been linked to a coronavirus vaccine.
The prime minister said medical experts from the Therapeutic Goods Administration should be allowed to do their jobs and provide advice on any adverse reactions.
“They went through a simple vaccine review process in Australia. Their investigators are addressing these issues very quickly, ”Morrison told Darwin Mix 104.9 radio on Thursday.
“We have to be careful how we talk about these cases. Let the medical facts be established and make decisions based on the facts.
A 55-year-old man from Tamworth, NSW is believed to have died on April 21 after receiving his first vaccine eight days earlier.
A relative of the man told the Daily Leader of the North he died from blood clots in his lungs.
The TGA declined to comment on the case, citing patient confidentiality.
“Reporting an adverse event to the TGA after vaccination does not mean that the event was caused by the vaccination,” the agency said.
“All reports of death to TGA following vaccination are reviewed to assess the likelihood that the vaccine contributed to the event or medical condition that resulted in the fatal outcome.”
Mr Morrison’s cautious tone has come as government and health experts try to tackle growing reluctance over vaccines.
Head nurse Alison McMillan said there were rigorous processes to investigate side effects.
“It’s really important not to jump to conclusions here,” she told UKTN.
“We have systems to look at these deaths, regrettable as they are.”
The TGA has confirmed six cases of rare blood clots that are likely related to the AstraZeneca vaccination.
Although it is not recommended to use it in people under the age of 50, the side effect is extremely rare, with between four and six cases for every million bites.
Victoria is pressuring the federal government to hoard money for a new quarantine facility in north Melbourne.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the state government has yet to request funding.
Mr Morrison, who met with heads of the tourism industry in Darwin, said options to attract more foreign workers and international students to the NT were also being considered.
“It would have to be a partnership with the commercial sector,” he said.
He noted that setting up specific quarantine facilities like at Howard Springs near Darwin had to take infection control, manpower, security and theft into account.
“It’s not just about finding a mining camp with a few beds. It’s much more complicated than that, ”said Mr. Morrison.
Labor continues to pressure the coalition government to step up quarantine in hotels and take over more federally run centers.