A push for more homegrown vaccines
Australia’s COVID vaccine effort got a shot in the arm yesterday following the announcement we could soon be producing homegrown variants of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. The Victorian government yesterday said it would commit $50 million to ‘kickstart’ domestic manufacturing of mRNA vaccine technology. For the uninitiated, mRNA technology is the science behind the Pfizer and Moderna jabs. At the moment, Oz only has the ability to manufacture the AstraZeneca vaccine, and we all know how popular that one is right now… But don’t roll up your sleeves just yet: it’s estimated it will be 12 months before the alternate vaccines can be made here. In other vaccine-related news, the UK government yesterday announced the establishment of a task force to explore the development of a COVID treatment pill – with hopes it could be available within 6 months.
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