The Australian government has ordered 84.8 million doses of two CCP virus vaccine candidates developed by the University of Queensland and Oxford University.
Most of the vaccine units will be manufactured in Australia and available for release from mid-2021. About 3.8 million vaccine units will be imported and available in early 2021.
“A home-grown sovereign plan for vaccines is the hope I bring Australia today,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters in Canberra on Monday, going on to say that Victoria, in particular, needed some hope.
Morrison said a sovereign vaccine plan gives Australia the capacity to produce the vaccine in the country.
“That is giving us a sovereign capacity to get Australians what they will need, should both of those vaccines prove a success as they go through those trials,” Morrison said.
Health Minister Greg Hunt told reporters the early phase results show strong antibody responses and strong T-cell responses to the vaccines in trials. He went on to say the vaccine will be voluntary and is about ensuring Australians can return to the lifestyles they love.
The deal was signed between the global biotech company CSL and Australia.
A separate deal was signed between CSL and AstraZeneca for approximately 30 million doses of an Oxford University-developed vaccine candidate, AZD1222, for supply to Australia in early 2021, following successful clinical trials.
The total number of vaccines ordered by the government is based on a two-dose per person regime and will cost $1.7 billion.