Federal Government announces agreement with AstraZeneca to secure COVID-19 vaccine.
Scott Morrison has revealed all 25 million Australians could be getting free COVID-19 jabs at the beginning of 2021, after the Federal Government signed an agreement with drug company AstraZeneca to secure the vaccine.
Oxford Scientists are currently testing the vaccine widely, with the Federal Government signing a “letter of intent” for Australia to be supplied the magic recipe should it be successful.
“The Oxford vaccine is one of the most advanced and promising in the world, and under this deal we have secured early access for every Australian,” Mr Morrison said.
“If this vaccine proves successful, we will manufacture and supply vaccines straight away under our own steam and make it free for 25 million Australians.”
There has been no price tag associated with the deal yet, but Mr Morrison said the Government’s vaccine strategy would be worth billions.
Industry Minister Karen Andrews said CSL, the drug company who creates most of the influenza vaccine doses each year, would likely be creating the vaccine domestically.
While the Oxford trials are the “most advanced” globally, Mr Morrison said the Government would not “put all our eggs in one basket” and continue investing in other vaccine trials, such as the one at Queensland University.
Will the COVID-19 vaccine be mandatory
MR Morrison has stated “mandatory as you can possibly make it”. However, he later said there was no official Government decision on making a vaccine mandatory, with a potential carve out for people with medical conditions.
Watch: Scott Morrison says all Australians would have access to the COVID-19 vaccine.
Further Australia COVID-19 news on SoPerth.com.au.