Doctors seek better communication, more transparency from expert vaccine group
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The nation’s peak medical body is seeking changes to the way the scientific panel advising the government on vaccine safety makes and communicates crucial decisions amid a political storm over whether Prime Minister Scott Morrison has tried to pressure the group.
The Australian Medical Association wants greater transparency around the independent technical group’s recommendations on who should take COVID-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca, Pfizer and others, reflecting concerns it needs to hear more views from general practitioners working in the community.
AMA vice-president Chris Moy praised the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) members but said it was reasonable for stakeholders, including Mr Morrison and medical groups, to make suggestions about the way the group worked.
Labor has accused Mr Morrison of pressuring the group after he said on Wednesday he had made a “constant appeal” to ATAGI to reconsider its stance on AstraZeneca in light of a changing balance of infection risks.
ATAGI has been advising governments since 1998 on technical issues about which vaccines should be on required lists, …
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