LATEST COVID-19 DEVELOPMENTS:
* More than 250,000 virus jabs have been administered, far from the four million Prime Minister Scott Morrison said would be complete by the end of March.
* Mr Morrison held a roundtable meeting with peak medical bodies in Melbourne on Friday to discuss the country's biggest ever vaccination program.
* Phase 1b of the vaccination rollout begins on Monday and includes people aged over 70, Indigenous Australians over 55, younger adults with a medical condition or disability, and workers deemed at critical or high risk. The effort will involve more than 1000 GP practices and 100 Commonwealth clinics.
* It is not yet clear when Australia's medical regulator will give the all-clear to CSL's Melbourne-made AstraZeneca vaccine, but it could be within days.
* Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young says Brisbane residents and businesses won't be locked down again if there's another coronavirus outbreak there, but that authorities will only lock down the most vulnerable people in future.
* Hospitals aged care facilities, prisons and disability services reopened at noon on Friday after the state went eight days without a new case in the community.
* NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says her health department is in discussions with its federal counterpart on playing a larger role in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
* Ms Berejiklian on Thursday lamented the problems facing Australia's COVID-19 vaccine rollout, saying it may prove too slow. She said NSW Health was in contact with the federal government regarding a larger role in the vaccination program.
* Australian officials have welcomed the European medical regulator giving the AstraZeneca vaccine the green light.
* A nurse has been stood down after giving an aged care resident in northern Tasmania the coronavirus vaccine without their consent.
AUSTRALIAN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS:
* Australia recorded no new locally acquired case of the coronavirus on Friday. There were 17 overseas acquired cases recorded in hotel quarantine: Five in NSW, nine in Queensland, one in South Australia and two in Western Australia.
* The national death toll is 909: Victoria 820, NSW 56, Tasmania 13, WA 9, Queensland 6, SA 4, ACT 3 (Two Queensland residents who died in NSW have been included in the official tolls of both states).
GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS:
* Cases: at least 121,786,475
* Deaths: at least 2,691,035
* Recovered: at least 68,985,879
Data current as of 1745 AEDT on March 19, taking in federal and state/territory government updates and Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre figures.