Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Friday he backs a pub’s plan to offer free beers to anyone who had just received their coronavirus vaccination.
The conservative coalition leader spoke after Tom Streater from the Prince Alfred Hotel in Port Melbourne was told to stop offering free beers to inoculated individuals by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
TGA rules prohibited alcohol, tobacco or registered medicines from being offered as rewards to those who have taken the coronavirus jab.
Morrison said the crackdown on free beers was “a bit heavy-handed” even though he understood why it may have prompted a reaction.
“Those rules are there for important reasons so drug companies can’t offer drugs and cigarettes to people to buy their prescription drugs so it’s a sensible rule. But in these circumstances, the national interest is to get vaccinated,” Morrison told local television show Sunrise on Friday.