Malcolm Turnbull slams ‘ruthless’ Scott Morrison over vital meeting with Covid vaccine giant Pfizer

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Malcolm Turnbull slams ‘ruthless’ Scott Morrison over vital meeting with Covid vaccine giant Pfizer

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull SMT Scott MorrisonRolling out the vaccine, which will see all Australians offered the injection by Christmas, is an ‘epic failure’, says the prime minister Pfizer The feud with Kevin Rudd is ‘ruthless’.

Mr Turnbull offloaded his successor a day after the claim and counter-claim over the person in charge of Pfizer, which is fast-tracking some Australian vaccine supplies ahead of schedule.

The Prime Minister announced on Friday that Pfizer has agreed to deliver shipments of the 40 million doses required of its vaccine, which means more Australians than ever are protected against Covid.

But Sunday evening, ABC The story alleged that Mr. Rudd played a key role in paving the way for the government to the revised deal – something bosses at Pfizer have already denied.

Turnbull also said he knows who the mysterious businessman who mediated the meeting between Rudd and Pfizer was – but declined to be identified.

He jokingly dismissed suggestions that he was the newspaper mogul, Rupert Murdoch, given their fractured relationship.

He insisted: No, no. I will not breach that trust. Did not matter. The truth is that it failed miserably.

After the government also dismissed allegations about Mr Rudd’s importance in the negotiations on Monday, Mr Turnbull still saw fit to strike a blow at the government over how to handle the bidding process.

“This is a fiasco, the biggest failure of public administration in my memory,” he said. It was possible to get the vaccines, because a lot of other countries got them.

What we lack is the leadership you went for.

If you were the Prime Minister of Australia – and you were – you would know that anyone in the world would take your call. Why don’t you make that call?

They didn’t get enough. What I don’t understand is why this was not a top priority for the Minister of Health and the Prime Minister. I do not understand. I really do.

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (pictured) has described Scott Morrison’s vaccine rollout as a ‘miserable failure’ and says the PM’s feud with Pfizer with Kevin Rudd is ‘ruthless’.

The report said Sunday night that a group of Australian business people are becoming increasingly concerned about the federal government’s approach to rolling out a vaccine.

They were also said to be concerned not only by the lack of urgency but by the prime minister’s unwillingness to tackle the problem head-on with the global CEO of Pfizer.

Pfizer itself was said to have been shocked by “brazen, dismissive and turbulent” coalition negotiations with Pfizer a year ago when deals over vaccine supplies began.

The lack of follow-up contact between the prime minister and Pfizer’s global CEO, Albert Burla – in contrast to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who was said to have summoned the companies for several days to secure additional shipments – was said to have deepened the rift.

Kevin Rudd (pictured) reportedly played a key role in paving the way for a revised deal between Pfizer and the Australian government - that has now been dismissed

Kevin Rudd (pictured) reportedly played a key role in paving the way for a revised deal between Pfizer and the Australian government – that has now been dismissed

A mysterious Australian businessman is then said to have contacted Kevin Rudd to try and settle matters with Pfizer to get the vaccine program back on track again.

He made a Zoom call to Mr Bourla on June 30 after notifying the prime minister of his plans and, after praising the company’s achievements, asked if Pfizer would consider fast-tracking the supply distribution of the 40 million doses required.

After the meeting, Mr Rudd sent the Prime Minister a letter summarizing the call, including a request to consider providing vaccine supplies.

After meeting with Pfizer's global CEO Albert Burla, Kevin Rudd sent the prime minister a letter (pictured) summarizing the call, including a request to consider providing vaccine supplies.

A few days later, the prime minister revealed a revised delivery schedule for Friday.  Two days later, allegations about Rudd's involvement also surfaced.

After meeting with Pfizer’s global CEO Albert Burla, Kevin Rudd sent the prime minister a letter (pictured) summarizing the call, including a request to consider providing vaccine supplies. A few days later, the prime minister revealed a revised delivery schedule for Friday. Two days later, allegations about Rudd’s involvement also surfaced.

Defense Secretary Peter Dutton (pictured above with Prime Minister Scott Morrison) suggested that Mr Rudd was bringing himself into the public debate because he was "Bored to death in retirement

Defense Secretary Peter Dutton (pictured above with Prime Minister Scott Morrison) suggested Rudd was bringing himself into the public debate because he was “bored to death in retirement”.

A few days later, the prime minister revealed a revised delivery schedule for Friday. Two days later allegations surfaced about Rudd’s involvement.

However, on Monday the government tried to play down Rudd’s involvement and said the deal was already underway before he intervened.

Defense Secretary Peter Dutton told 4BC Radio: ‘I suspect it wouldn’t take the greatest detectives within the Queensland Police Service to determine who leaked this self-serving message.

Kevin claims credit for a lot of things, he’s been driving his co-workers crazy

The defense secretary noted that Mr Rudd was bringing himself into the public debate because he was “bored to death in retirement”.

Health Secretary Greg Hunt also tried to ridicule Mr Rudd’s involvement, claiming they were just waiting for the allegations to emerge and admitting he “laughed” when he heard the story.

Health Secretary Greg Hunt (pictured) also tried to ridicule Mr Rudd's involvement, claiming they were just waiting for allegations to emerge and admit that he

Health Secretary Greg Hunt (pictured) also tried to ridicule Mr Rudd’s involvement, claiming they were just waiting for the allegations to appear and admitting that he “laughed” when he heard the story.

It appears to have been backed up by a statement from Pfizer later in the day, which confirmed that no third party was involved in any contractual arrangements for the vaccine.

Mr Rudd then issued his own statement in which he insisted that he had never claimed to be involved in the details of the contract and had petitioned the company as an Australian individual.

Mr Rudd’s statement added: “Mr Rudd certainly will not seek to associate himself with the failed Australian Government’s comprehensive vaccine procurement programme.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) announced Friday that Pfizer has agreed to deliver shipments of 40 million needed doses of its vaccine.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) announced Friday that Pfizer has agreed to deliver shipments of 40 million needed doses of its vaccine.

But at Ten’s The Project, former Prime Minister Turnbull stormed the government for their comments and approach to the Pfizer deal.

“This is usually ruthless,” he said on the show. Rudd never claimed the show had been rushed.

I was glad to see Kevin had that conversation. Honestly, if I could help, I would have done the same.

I think any Australian with any interest in taking care of Australia would have done so.

“The real problem isn’t if Kevin Rudd’s advocacy has too much or too little impact, the real problem is why don’t we have enough vaccines?

Malcolm Turnbull has dismissed the government's allegations that Australia had already struck a deal before Rudd Zoom diplomacy.  Shown here is Prime Minister Scott Morrison at a vaccine lab in Melbourne in November

Malcolm Turnbull has dismissed the government’s allegations that Australia had already struck a deal before Rudd Zoom diplomacy. Shown here is Prime Minister Scott Morrison at a vaccine lab in Melbourne in November

The thing to take away from this is the fact that neither Morrison nor Hunt ever spoke to the president of Pfizer.

Israel is one of the most vaccinated countries in the world. why is that? Their prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, spent 50 hours chasing down CEOs and heads of major vaccine manufacturers.

He made it his mission to secure as many vaccines as possible for his country. Now, why didn’t our government do the same?

Mr Turnbull has dismissed the government’s allegations that Australia had already struck a deal prior to Zoom Road diplomacy.

Malcolm Turnbull has dismissed the government's allegations that Australia had already struck a deal prior to Kevin Rod Zoom's diplomacy.

Malcolm Turnbull has dismissed the government’s allegations that Australia had already struck a deal prior to Kevin Rod Zoom’s diplomacy.

“They cut the deal for not getting enough vaccines,” Mr. Turnbull said. They did the deal so well in Sydney, we got locked up.

I mean say you’re happy to talk to the branch officer and get ten million vaccines? How about going to the top? Why don’t you, go to the top?

If you’re happy to make 55 calls, it seems, to get Matthias Kormann in the OECD secretariat, why not make some calls to make sure Australians are vaccinated?

I’ve been in this chair. I know what it means to be Prime Minister of Australia. I know your first duty is to keep Australians safe.

‘Why did the ball fall the way it did? It honestly sharpens faith.

Malcolm Turnbull has rejected suggestions that newspaper mogul Rupert Murdoch (pictured with his wife Jerry Hall) had arranged the meeting between Kevin Rudd and Pfizer CEO Albert Burla

Malcolm Turnbull has rejected suggestions that newspaper mogul Rupert Murdoch (pictured with his wife Jerry Hall) had arranged the meeting between Kevin Rudd and Pfizer CEO Albert Burla

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