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Deal signed to make mRNA vaccines in Australia

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (R) and Victorian Deputy Premier James Merlino (C) tour The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Melbourne with Dr Julian Druce

Published 17 December 2021 at 6:26pm
By Pablo Vinales, Krishani Dhanji
Source: SBS

Vaccine manufacturer Moderna has signed an in-principle agreement with the Commonwealth and the Victorian Government to produce mRNA vaccines domestically. Up to 100 million vaccines could be manufactured each year by 2024 at a new facility in Victoria.


Published 17 December 2021 at 6:26pm
By Pablo Vinales, Krishani Dhanji
Source: SBS


Vaccination is a cornerstone of Australia's ongoing management of the COVID-19 pandemic, and soon an mNRA vaccine is to be made in Australia.  Moderna says its COVID vaccine could be made domestically by 2024.  Michael Azrak, Moderna's General Manager for Australia and New Zealand, says the Melbourne facility will be able to deal with future COVID outbreaks.  But the focus wouldn't be solely on COVID.  Professor John Carroll, at Monash University, says it has the potential to generate vaccines for future pandemics, the common flu and some cancer treatments. 


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