Good news for Australia’s vaccine rollout, with the government securing a new big batch of doses.
The US drugmaker Moderna has agreed to supply 10 million doses to Australia this year, along with 15 million booster shots in 2022.
The pharmaceutical giant will now have to apply to Australia’s medicines regulator to get the proper approvals for its jab before it can be rolled out.
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It’s understood the Australian government is also working on a deal to establish local manufacturing options so that we’re not reliant on international shipments.
Initially, we’d put our faith in Pfizer and AstraZeneca, with the AstraZeneca formula to be made locally.
However, the AstraZeneca vaccine is now only recommended for people over 50, and we have to rely on overseas shipments for Pfizer.
It’s not clear how long it will take Australia’s regulators to approve the Moderna jab.