$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…

Government boosts funding for community pharmacies to support more rural and regional communities

The Coalition Government is providing more than $100 million for regional, rural and remote pharmacies to better support their communities through an expansion to a critical regional pharmacy program. Over 400 additional pharmacies will be eligible for the Regional Pharmacy Maintenance Allowance (RPMA) program under changes announced today, with very remote pharmacies receiving significant additional…

Preventing nicotine uptake by young Australians with prescription based vaping

The Government is responding to the independent regulatory decision of the TGA today with a range of measures to support the cessation of smoking, and to help prevent teenagers taking up pathways to smoking.   As noted in the TGA decision (https://www.tga.gov.au/scheduling-decision-final/notice-final-decision-amend-current-poisons-standard-nicotine), from 1 October 2021, consumers importing nicotine will require a doctor’s prescription to…