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One new case in Queensland as leaders talk travel bubbles, vaccine woes

One new COVID-19 cases has been detected in Queensland, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed ahead of a national cabinet meeting where international border bubbles and the troubled vaccine rollout will be front and centre.

The new case was acquired overseas and detected in hotel quarantine. There are now 63 active cases in Queensland and 9734 tests were conducted in the past 24 hours.

Brisbane International Airport has been a ghost town for more than a year.

Brisbane International Airport has been a ghost town for more than a year.Credit:Attila Csaszar

Ms Palaszczuk shared the case update on social media as she prepares to meet with Prime Minister and other state and territory leaders on Friday morning in the first national cabinet meeting since early March.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday night said there would be a “recalibration” of Australia’s vaccine program after an extremely rare clotting disorder was associated with the AstraZeneca jab.

Pfizer is now the preferred vaccine for adults younger than 50 years who have not already received a first dose, based on new advice from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation.

“This is not a directive. This is not an instruction,” he said, noting they were taking an abundance of caution with the new advice. He said the impact of this decision on the timeline of the rollout was uncertain.

Australia has purchased 20 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine and has been relying on the AstraZeneca vaccine as the workhorse of the rollout.

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath on Wednesday said the state had about a week’s supply of Pfizer vaccines in the fridge.

The national cabinet was also expected to have “specific discussions about the reopening of Australia”, Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly told ABC News on Friday morning.

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