Australia's First Coronavirus Vaccine Has Been Approved For Mass Use

Cornelia Mascio
Gennaio 25, 2021

It's the first Covid-19 vaccine to be approved for mass use in Australia and it's hoped the first jabs will be rolled out in a matter of weeks.

The TGA said the vaccine met the high safety, efficacy and quality standards required for approval and they are happy to allow the public to be inoculated.

The regulator said priority would be given to groups that include aged-care residents and workers, frontline healthcare workers, and quarantine workers.

The decision was welcomed by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday when he attended a press conference in Canberra.

"Our priority has always been to keep Australians safe and protect lives and livelihoods", he said.

"Around August a year ago, we took the decision that we didn't want to be in a situation where we were completely reliant on the production of vaccines overseas", Mr Morrison said.

That rate will then be increased to about one million doses per week once the vaccine can be manufactured in Australia.

Greg Hunt, the minister for health, said that the TGA had "placed safety above all else" during the approval process.

Mr Hunt said global supplies of Australia's second vaccine, AstraZeneca, are likely to commence in early March, subject to TGA approval and shipping. It says there was?growing concern from the medical profession regarding the delay of the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine as the UK's strategy has become increasingly isolated from many other countries.

Secretary of the Department of Health Professor Brendan Murphy said both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines would be "very good" at preventing clinical COVID-19 illness, particularly severe disease.

Opposition leader Anthony Albanese on Monday questioned whether the federal government is on track to meet its commitment of vaccinating four million people by the end of March.

"But we're going to have to learn to live with this virus".

Recipients of the Pfizer vaccine will need two doses taken 21 days apart. After a thorough review, it was revealed the deaths were not caused by the vaccine.

Monday's announcement came about one year since Australia confirmed its first case of COVID-19.

In stark contrast, there have been 25 million cases in the United States alone and in excess of 400,000 deaths.

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