Australia Secures Deal with UK Drug-makers for Covid-19 Vaccine

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Sarah Peddie

Australia have secured a deal for a potential coronavirus vaccine that will be cost-free to their citizens, whilst covid-19 cases in Victoria decrease daily. 

The country has signed a deal with the British drugmaker AstraZeneca which entails the production and distribution of doses of a potential Covid-19 vaccine for 25 million citizens living in Australia, said Prime Minister Scott Morrison. 

The Prime Minister said on Wednesday (19 August): “Should we be in a position for the trials to be successful, we would hope that this would be made available early next year. If it can be done sooner than that, great.”

All Australians will be offered the vaccine but a medical panel will make a priority list of people to focus on and make sure they get the vaccine. This would include the most vulnerable like the elderly, health workers and people with disabilities. 

High risk areas would also be taken into account and how the vaccine works in different age groups when it comes to deciding who should be priority. 

The vaccine is called AZD1222 and it was developed by Oxford University and is licensed to AstraZeneca.

AstraZeneca said that it had gathered good data from the vaccine. There are already large-scale human trials for the vaccine and it is currently seen as the front runner in the race to find a vaccine for the coronavirus. 

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