New $4.57 million clinical training facility expands healthcare access in Bega

A new clinical training facility at the Bega Hospital will expand healthcare access for residents across the region, following its official opening today. The training facility will support medical, nursing, midwifery and allied health students to learn directly from health professionals and pursue their careers in Bega. Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, said the new…

Transcript – Doorstop – Brisbane

E&OE… Topics: University of Queensland COVID-19 vaccine trials; Vaccine trials; Role of healthcare workers; International borders; Sugar Tax; Victorian Government announcement for an Institute of Infectious Diseases in Melbourne. DEBORAH TERRY: Minister Hunt, this is an opportunity for us to thank you very much for the Federal Government’s support for, obviously, UQ’s vaccine work, obviously…

Transcript – 4BC interview with Neil Breen

E&OE… Topics: University of Queensland COVID-19 vaccine; Pfizer vaccine; Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine; Novavax vaccine; Vaccine rollout; Australian vaccination rates; Queensland/NSW border. NEIL BREEN: Federal Health Minister, Greg Hunt, arrived in Queensland overnight. He’s heading to the University of Queensland today to check on the process of its vaccine. It’s looking promising, with hopes it is…

Transcript – Doorstop – Canberra

E&OE… Topics: Vaccine agreements and development; Manufacturing; Vaccine budget; Cold chain distribution network; Indemnity; Provisional determination and provisional approval; Private contracts; Expanding the Pfizer agreement; Expectation of an effective vaccination process being completed; Communications strategy; GREG HUNT: I’m delighted to be here today at the Therapeutic Goods Administration to be joined by the head of…

Australia well prepared for COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Australia is well placed for the rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine, once clinical trials and the regulator has confirmed safety and effectiveness. Under the Morrison Government’s COVID-19 Vaccine and Treatment Strategy, Australia has secured 134.8 million doses through advance purchasing agreements with four suppliers: AstraZeneca/Oxford, University of Queensland/CSL, Novavax and Pfizer/BioNTech. In addition, Australia has…

Australia secures a further 50 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine

Two more COVID-19 vaccines have been secured for the Australian population under new agreements, bringing the Australian Government’s COVID-19 vaccine investment to more than $3.2 billion. Under the agreements, Novavax will supply 40 million vaccine doses and Pfizer/BioNTech will provide 10 million vaccine doses, should the vaccines be proven safe and effective. Prime Minister Scott…