World news – Important milestone in the introduction of vaccines in Australia


The National Medicines Agency has given the go-ahead for domestic production of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, paving the way for Australian-made batches to be released within days.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has CSL granted approval to manufacture the AstraZeneca vaccine at its two Melbourne sites in Broadmeadows and Parkville.

« Today’s approval is a critical and very exciting milestone in Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, » the said TGA in a statement.

The approval does not extend to use as the regulator has yet to review vaccine lot documents and test doses to ensure they meet manufacturing standards.

« The first Batches will be released in the next few days, « it said.

 » These will be the mainstay of the Australian COV in the coming months Form the ID-19 vaccination program and supplement imported vaccine supplies. « 

The announcement coincides with the next phase of vaccine rollout in Australia, which is subject to further disruption as heavy rains and floods block roads in NSW.

The phase 1b rollout – for people over 70, Indigenous Australians over 55, people with an illness or disability, and workers at high risk – is scheduled to begin on Monday.

The Hawkesbury Nepean Valley in Sydney, which includes Penrith , is expected to handle the worst flood in 60 years.

“It is clear that disruption to many freight and logistics movements across NSW is to be expected due to these floods. Vaccines will not be exempt from this, « Treasury Secretary Simon Birmingham told Sky News’ Sunday Agenda program.

 » So we’re working with our freight and distribution companies to get the vaccine from point A to point B. to understand what will be affected. ”

NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian says she has not been informed of delays but believes that there will be distribution problems due to road closures.

Der Deputy Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd said dealers would do everything possible to ensure on-time deliveries.

« Over 1,000 scheduled deliveries have already been made and the remainder will be ready to use as soon as the roads are safe and the practices return open and receive, « Professor Kidd told reporters in Canberra.

More than 250,000 viral stings have been administered in Australia, far from the four million Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that it would be completed by the end of March.

As of Sunday, only four overseas-acquired COVID-19 cases were recorded in Australia, two in NSW and two in Queensland.

Prof. Kidd said the outcome contrasts with the global situation where cases remain very high. More than half a million people have been reported in the past 24 hours and nearly 8,500 deaths have been recorded.

Health Department Secretary Brendan Murphy is optimistic about the outlook as long as most of the Australian population is vaccinated.

« I think life will get back to normal, but I think we just have to be patient, » Professor Murphy told Sky News.

While the vaccines are safe, there are still a number of things that are not known, including how long the protection lasts, how good they are against different strains of COVID-19, and whether people need booster vaccinations each year. like a normal flu shot.

However, he believes that the introduction of the vaccine will allow all restrictions to be reduced and ensure that state border closings are no longer necessary.

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