Pfizer vaccine approved

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has today provisionally approved the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in Australia. The Pfizer vaccine has met strict standards for safety, quality and efficacy. The TGA provisional approval is for individuals 16 years of age and older. Two doses will be required – at least 21 days apart. A priority…

Mobilising Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine workforce

The Australian Government is preparing for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout by securing an additional vaccine workforce and working to deliver essential training to everyone who will administer the vaccinations.   Australia’s vaccine roll out will be carried out through hospitals, General practices, state and Commonwealth vaccination clinics, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations and Pharmacies.  …

$38 million available for research into diabetes, heart disease

Two new medical research centres will be funded by the Morrison Government to produce rapid improvements in preventing, treating and curing diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and their complications.   The Government will provide $10 million each for the new research centres ($20 million overall), as well as $18 million to support translational research projects.   Expressions…

$10 million for high potential COVID-19 related clinical trials

By mid-2021, volunteers aged between 18 and 75 years will be recruited for an accelerated clinical trial of two ‘next generation’ vaccines against COVID-19, developed by researchers at the University of Melbourne.   These clinical trials are among six chosen to receive immediate funding totalling $10.1 million from the Morrison Government’s Medical Research Future Fund’s…

Contracts signed for rollout of COVID-19 vaccine

Contracts have been signed with companies to partner with the Australian Government to safely distribute COVID-19 vaccines to all Australians from March next year.   The contracts cover three vital aspects of the vaccine rollout:   Distribution and logistics— industry leading providers DHL and Linfox will undertake COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Data—Accenture will provide tracking of…