Australia now delivered 25 million vaccine doses of the Modern coronavirus vaccine, according to the American biotech company. The supply agreement includes two lots, one that protects against the ancestral strain of the deadly disease. And it is another that is an updated booster variant.
Australia delivered 25 million vaccine doses of the Moderna vaccines in two installments; the first of 10 million doses will be delivered in 2021 and the second, of 15 million, in 2022. In a released statement, CEO Stephane Bancel said they appreciate the Australian government’s partnership and support. It is the first-dose supply agreement for the Modern COVID-19 vaccine and our booster variants.
Stephane Bancel, CEO of Moderna, attends a meeting with US Coronavirus Task Force members and executives from the pharmaceutical industry. The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration(TGA) approved both the mRNA-1273 vaccine and the candidate booster vaccine as subjects using them in the community.
The usage of the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines already approves by the TGA. And also, it rolled out across the country. Moderna announced earlier that they are planning to open an office in Australia in 2021.
Mr. Bancel said they were looking forward to continuing discussions with Australia to establish potential local manufacturing opportunities. The news comes when the federal government faces criticism for delays in vaccine deployment and failure to meet targets.
Unveiled Tuesday night, the federal budget assumed the entire population program would be underway by the end of 2021. However, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has also stressed that this assumption is not a political compromise.
Morrison said in Parliament on Wednesday that this is not a political statement or a political commitment from the government. Labor has pointed the government of incompetence over the pace of the vaccine’s deployment and its quarantine management.
Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers told reporters on Wednesday that this has been chaos from the beginning. It is all over-promising and under-delivery. The federal budget does not include new funds for quarantine facilities, such as the one recently proposed in Victoria, beyond the expansion already announced in Howard Springs in the Northern Territory.