PM spruiks sovereign vaccine strategy success, closing major vaccine deal

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A $1.7 billion agreement confirming the supply and production of over 89 million vaccine doses has been spruiked by Prime Minister Scott Morrison as “another significant step” towards protecting the health of the nation against COVID-19.

A media release outlining the onshore manufacturing agreements for the two COVID-19 vaccines candidates said: “Under the agreement, the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca and the University of Queensland/CSL will provide more than 84.8 million vaccine doses for the Australian population.”

“The AstraZeneca vaccine is in a more advanced stage and the University of Queensland still has some work to go, but we're backing it in,” Mr Morrison said.

The prime minister said the new deal was part of a sovereign vaccine plan which allowed Australia to both develop and produce a vaccine domestically.

“Having a sovereign vaccine strategy is an important part of our plan for how we live with COVID-19,” he said.

The successful vaccine candidate would almost entirely be manufactured in Melbourne, with early access to 3.8 million doses of the University of Oxford vaccine in January and February 2021 and would be provided to Australians free of charge.

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