Local vaccines help Oz to pick up the beat
If it wasn’t for CSL’s manufacturing capabilities and the government’s agreement with AstraZeneca to produce 50 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine in Melbourne, Oz would find it difficult to launch a comprehensive vaccination program. That’s the assessment of the Federal Health Department boss Brendan Murphy who yesterday said issues getting vaccines delivered from their European plants has meant it’s not been possible to have “certainty in planning”. The European Union is taking drastic steps to keep the vaccines made in their backyards, with drug companies Pfizer and AstraZeneca falling behind on their supply contracts. And with cases on the rise again, there’s local pressure to vaccinate their citizens first. Nevermind, the tap on homegrown supply is officially turned on. Also switched to go – unrestricted dancing in NSW. It’s part of a major relaxation of COVID regulations in the state that will help it get its groove back.
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