Australia to be home to largest vaccine manufacturing plant in Southern Hemisphere

Australia will build a massive flu vaccine manufacturing plant, in an effort to sure up our response to future pandemics.

The federal government has announced it will build the southern hemisphere’s biggest facility, which will manufacture influenza and fever vaccines.

It’ll also produce life-saving anti-venoms.


The $1 billion, 12 year deal with Seqirus will guarantee Australians have immediate access to the treatments and medications, should other pandemics arise in the future.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt told the ABC the plant will be built in Melbourne and become fully operational by 2026.

“It locks Australia’s sovereign vaccine manufacturing capability in for the next two decades, and very significantly, it won’t just be the largest vaccine manufacturing plant, we’re advised, in the Southern Hemisphere, it will be the first of what’s called a cell-based manufacturing plant.

“So it moves from being an egg-based to a cell-based plant, which gives it more flexibility, greater capacity and greater speed and it will support for pandemic flu, seasonal flu, anti-venoms and fever,” Minister Hunt said.