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Coronavirus vaccine update: Australia signs deal with AstraZeneca for possible COVID-19 vaccine

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Australia has signed a deal with drugmaker AstraZeneca to secure a potential COVID-19 vaccine, the Prime Minister said on Tuesday, joining a growing list of countries lining up supplies of the drug.
AstraZeneca's candidate is seen as a frontrunner in the global race to deliver an effective vaccine against the coronavirus that has killed more than 770,000 people and infected nearly 22 million, according to a Reuters tally.

With several countries moving to secure supplies that some fear may lead to a global shortage, Australia said it had signed a letter of intent with AstraZeneca to produce and distribute enough doses for its population.
"Under this deal we have secured early access for every Australian," Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in an emailed statement.

"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."

Countries around the world are looking to secure supplies of Astrazeneca's potential vaccine. Most recently Argentina and Mexico said last week they would produce it for much of Latin America.

Morrison, however, cautioned that while AstraZeneca's candidate is showing early promise, there was no guarantee it would materialise as an effective tool in preventing COVID-19.

Once heralded as a global leader in combating COVID-19, Australia has seen a surge of new infections in the past month. Yet its tally of nearly 24,000 cases and 438 deaths is still far fewer than many other developed nations.

Morrison said Australia is also committed to ensuring early access to a vaccine for Pacific countries, which are increasingly wooed by China, much to Canberra's concern.

Earlier, Australia's biggest biotech company CSL Ltd said it was in talks with AstraZeneca to determine if the potential COVID-19 vaccine being developed by the British drugmaker could be manufactured locally.

In addition to pressing ahead with securing a potential vaccine, Australia said it had also signed a A$24.7 million ($17.9 million) deal with U.S. medical technology company Becton Dickinson to buy 100 million needles and syringes.

($1 = 1.3824 Australian dollars) (Reporting by Colin Packham Editing by David Holmes)

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so much interesting sister❤

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Informative post..

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Very informative article

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Done reading sis,God bless keep safe

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Good article

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The whole world is eagerly waiting for it..

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Nice post

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Very informative... Hope these vaccines are effective. Nice article written.

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I have been seeing several pop ups on the internet that AstraZeneca is in partnership with Oxford University to produce a vaccine that should be available by November. Do you have any information about this or is it the same vaccine that Australia is pre ordering

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Wow Australia is at the verge of freedom from this virus, I pray this vaccine is effective so that a lot of Australians will be recovered. At least Australia is not as wounded as America who have one of the most cases and deaths in the world. I pray this virus will go as soon and as fast as possible.

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If the vaccine it will be helpful for the whole world people.Everyone will be able to live normal.i wish that days comes soon.

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Nice article.very informative .I am also waiting for the day when everything is going to be normal again to live.

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