/ 05 March 2021

Vaccine shipment blocked

Making international news this morning is the blocking of a shipment of 250,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine destined for Australia by Italian officials. Made in a factory near Rome, the denial of an export licence is over frustration with manufacturers for delays in fulfilling supply contracts in Europe. The move was supported by the European Union, which recently agreed to a new policy allowing restrictions to be put on the export of the vaccine. All of the vaccine doses we have received in Australia to date have been made by AstraZeneca and Pfizer in Europe and are being used in the early rollout to frontline workers and older Aussies. The first AstraZeneca jabs will start in South Oz this morning. We’re a few weeks off having our own homegrown supply of 50 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine – they’re brewing in CSL’s Broadmeadows plant as we speak…

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