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Coronavirus

Australia COVID vaccine woes weaken Morrison's political immunity

With Sydney in lockdown, CEOs seethe and polls shift ahead of 2022 election

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's poll numbers are slipping as the country grapples with slow vaccinations and renewed lockdowns.   © Reuters

SYDNEY -- Australia's stumbling COVID-19 vaccination campaign is provoking howls of frustration from businesses and hurting Prime Minister Scott Morrison in the polls, clouding his electoral prospects.

Long seen as a rare pandemic success story, Australia's narrative is quickly shifting toward one about snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Roughly 10% of the population is fully vaccinated -- last in the OECD and well behind Western counterparts like the U.K., at over 50%, and Canada, at 45%.

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