Australia Orders 135 Million COVID-19 Vaccines

COVID19 Vaccine (file image)

Australia government on Thursday ordered two more COVID-19 vaccines which are in development Prime Minister Scott Morrison said. 

The government of Australia has agreed to purchase two more COVID-19 vaccines which are at developing stage to beef up country’s prospective arsenal against the pandemic to 135 million doses.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday said that the government will buy 40 million more vaccine doses from Novavax and 10 million from Pfizer and BioNTech. That adds to the 85 million doses Australia has already committed to buy from AstraZeneca and CSL Ltd. ‘We arent putting all our eggs in one basket’ PM said.

Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison (file image)

Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt said the Novavax and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, which will be manufacturd in the United States and Europe, would complement the AstraZeneca and CSL products, which would be manufactured in Australia.

AstraZeneca, Novavax and PFizere-BioNTech are currently in the race for developing the COVID19 vaccine. If the trials go as planned and the results are positive, Australia expects to receive the first batches of AstraZeneca vaccine in early 2021 and begin a mass rollout in March to be completed by the end of the year.

Medical syringe is seen with AstraZeneca company logo displayed on a screen in the background in this illustration photo taken in Poland on June 16, 2020. (Photo Illustration by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Australia government says that they have planned to donate excess doses to the Pacific island countries and committed to spending around a$525 million to ensure Pacific nations and East Timor receive full immunisation coverage.

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(Story by NDTV, edited by Drishti)