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Coronavirus: AstraZeneca to make 30m vaccine doses - if it works

Coronavirus: AstraZeneca to make 30m vaccine doses - if it works”

And even though Australia has a local manufacturer - CSL - it may not be able to produce some of the new MRNA and DNA vaccines against coronavirus because it does not have the technology to do so.

Jane Halton, who is also a former head of Australia's health and finance departments, issued the warning at the National Press Club on Monday.

"Forget the no jab no play for kids it's now no jab no play for adults and everybody should actually step up and do the right thing", she said. The rapid deployment facility will ensure that the vaccine is widely available to all the United Kingdom public within a short time, cited Sharma.

As dozens of companies and universities rush to develop a coronavirus vaccine, the US will also have to grapple with who will get a vaccine first once it's been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The safety and efficacy of the vaccines have to be ensured before they can be rolled out to the public, and we certainly don't want half-baked treatments being offered to millions or billions of people who could suffer dire health consequences.

Business Secretary Alok Sharma said the additional funding would support teams at Oxford University and Imperial College London engaged in the global race to find a vaccine that could finally end the devastating pandemic.

To avoid vaccine nationalism, Halton said the vaccine needs to be "globally distributed".

"Most importantly that means bringing down the infection rate - and that can only be achieved if we continue to obey the rules on social distancing to help stop it spreading".

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"Our scientists are at the forefront of vaccine development", business secretary Sharma said in a statement.

He said: "Last month I announced a new vaccine task force to co-ordinate the efforts of Government, academia and industry in the critical mission to find a vaccine".

Sharma also added that, if the trials prove to be a success, the United Kingdom will have first access to that vaccine.

However, no deals have been settled and it is unclear whether a vaccine will be patented.

In a further move, he said that the government was putting in £93 million to accelerate the completion of the UK's first vaccines manufacturing innovation centre. If the trials are successful, they will make 30 million vaccine doses for Britain by September, and 100 million doses in total.

Australia may miss out on a vaccine if "vaccine nationalism" occurs.

The vaccine in question, ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, uses a viral vector based on a weakened version of the common cold (adenovirus) containing the genetic material of SARS-CoV-2 spike protein.

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