Carrie Bickmore has fired up on The Project over the COVID-19 vaccination program in Australia.
Her comments came as Victoria is on tenterhooks with 11 new cases of coronavirus including nursing home residents and staff, stoking fears lockdown may continue beyond seven days.
Speaking to Kate Howard on the show last night, whose 95-year-old grandmother is in a federally regulated aged care facility and is still waiting for a vaccination, Carrie Bickmore slammed the slow vaccination rollout.
“This makes me so angry,” Carrie said.
“We've got family in aged care as well waiting for their second doses and it's taking far too long.
“Especially given what we saw happen last year. We know what happens if you don’t look after the elderly.”
Of Australia's 910 coronavirus deaths, 685 have been aged care residents.
More than 4.2 million vaccine doses have been administered, a target the government initially set for March.
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Carrie’s comments come after fellow The Project host Lisa Wilkinson slammed the circumstances that led to Victoria’s lockdown on Thursday’s episode, saying “every Victorian has a right to feel angry”.
Acting Victorian Premier James Merlino called the lockdown a "circuit breaker" to stop the spread of the virus.
"Every Victorian has the right to feel angry tonight... four lockdowns in the space of 12 months is just untenable," Lisa told her co-hosts, who are based in Melbourne, from Sydney.
Kate Langbroek was equally frustrated, saying, "How annoying to live in the most over-governed country in the world – or one of – and that when you need government, they just can’t do what they need to do. It’s infuriating."
"Especially when the federal government has been sitting on its hands on this for so long," she added. "The confusing messages over the vaccine rollout, the fact they’re not setting up properly to do the mRNA vaccine here in Australia... just one thing after another, and here we are again."
Additional reporting by AAP
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