Australia inks new deal for Pfizer vaccine

Australia has struck a deal for 10 million more doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine.

The country now will now import a total of 20 million doses of the vaccine, which has been found to be 95 per cent effective after two shots.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the vaccine program put Australia in a strong position.


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“It is the big agenda item for us, obviously, because it provides the path way to so many of the other things we wish to achieve this year,” he told reporters in Canberra on Thursday.

The first Pfizer jabs remain on track to be administered later this month despite supply concerns in Europe.

The company has said it can produce up to 1.3 billion doses around the world this year.

Australia is also relying on 50 million doses of the less effective AstraZeneca vaccine, which will be manufactured in Melbourne during the year.

Mr Morrison said the nation now had access to 150 million doses of vaccines across the portfolio of drugs.

Elderly and vulnerable people along with frontline healthcare workers are first in the queue to be immunised against the disease, which has killed 909 people in Australia and more than 2.2 million globally.

© AAP 2021