AUSTRALIA SECURES ONSHORE MANUFACTURING AGREEMENTS FOR TWO COVID-19 VACCINES

A free COVID-19 vaccine will be available progressively throughout 2021 in Australia, if promising trials prove successful, following a $1.7 billion supply and production agreement between the Australian Government and pharmaceutical companies. Under the agreement, the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca and the University of Queensland/CSL will provide more than 84.8 million vaccine doses for the Australian…

NEW FACE MASK TESTING FACILITY OPENS IN MELBOURNE

A new Australian-first testing facility will enable local manufacturers of surgical face masks to fast-track the supply for frontline health workers. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the new CSIRO facility in Melbourne will boost Australia’s sovereign capability to produce essential medical supplies more efficiently and at a lower cost. “The COVID-19…