Today the AstraZeneca vaccine for COVID-19 has been approved for use in Australia, the second vaccine to receive approval from Australia's independent safety regulator, the Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA).
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that this approval follows a full and thorough assessment process and means the vaccine has met the TGA’s rigorous standards for safety, quality and efficacy. Medical experts have ensured every safety and the regulatory box has been checked, with further ones being checked off in the lead up to the vaccine's rollout and beyond.
Initial supply of the vaccine into Australia will be imported from overseas but soon Australia will be manufacturing their own doses at the CSL facility in Melbourne. CSL is on track to be producing up to one million doses a week by the end of March and Australia is one of only a small number of countries making their own vaccine doses.
The Pfizer vaccine remains on track to be rolled out from Monday, 22 February.