CSL vaccines arrive next week

By Megan Brodie 3 years ago | In Companies, Industry
  • 3 years ago

17 March 2021

Australia’s homegrown supply of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines will be rolled out across the country from next week, Health Minister Greg Hunt has told parliament, a month after the vaccine was approved by the TGA.

While the government was under fire in Parliament on Tuesday for not meeting its initial target of vaccinating all Australians who wanted a vaccine by October, Mr Hunt was quick to defend the rollout.

He said 200,000 Australians had been vaccinated to date, with the rollout of vaccines manufactured by CSL in Melbourne from next week accelerating the program.

“Next week we move to the next phase where we see Australia’s sovereign manufacturing capacity come on board and that phase will see us receive one million vaccines a week,” he said.

“It will allow us to move to some hundreds of thousands of vaccinations a week as we build up to over 1,000 GPs in the first part of that and then ultimately to over 4,000 general practices.

“And yes, it’s been based on supply. When the international situation saw a collapse, we made sure that we had sovereign vaccine manufacturing, and that’s what has protected Australia.”

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