Australia will supply the covid-19 vaccine from March, Health Minister Greg Hunt said on Wednesday, announcing an agreement for the special transport of the pharmaceutical vaccine BioNtech-Pfizer.
“We have ensured that Australia (…) begins to vaccinate from March 2021,” Hunt said, noting that the oceanic country, with around 25 million inhabitants, has already agreed the acquisition of more than 130 million doses of four different vaccines, reports the public broadcaster ABC.
Hunt reported today that they have signed an agreement to guarantee the special transport of about ten million doses of BioNtech-Pfizer’s vaccine, which needs to be kept at a temperature of 70 degrees below zero.
The vaccine they develop BioNtech and Pfizer, through which the generic code of the coronavirus is injected to generate immune memory, of the protein Spike, the gateway for the new SAR-CoV-2 coronavirus into cells to spread.
Hunt also noted that the Australian government and the Therapeutic Goods Authority, the country’s health watchdog, have sped up the process to approve Pfizer and Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccines, if they are shown to be safe and effective.
Australia started producing 30 million doses of the British AstraZeneca vaccine this week at the Melbourne-based CSL laboratory, adding to the 51 million doses that are still being tested by the University of Queensland.
The oceanic nation has also signed an agreement for the acquisition of 40 million doses of the vaccine developed by the American pharmaceutical company Novavax.