First batches of local AstraZeneca vaccine on route for distribution

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt says Australia's COVID-19 vaccine program is accelerating at a "significant rate" as the first batches of locally made AstraZeneca doses have been loaded onto a truck for distribution today.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved the release of more than 832,000 doses of the local AstraZeneca vaccine yesterday.

Four batches of vaccine vials have been placed on a truck at the Parkville facility in Melbourne, and will be distributed to clinics across the country.

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a truck is parked on the side of a road: The vaccines have been loaded onto a truck for distribution. © Nine The vaccines have been loaded onto a truck for distribution.

Australia has also received another shipment of the Pfizer vaccine, with 159,000 doses arriving yesterday.

"They will be distributed via aged care and by the states and so the program is accelerating at a significant rate," Mr Hunt said

A record number of aged care vaccinations were delivered across the country yesterday, with over 4600 jabs administered.

https://twitter.com/msanto92/status/1374493719391473668 The first four batches totalling more than 830,000 doses have been placed on a truck. © Nine The first four batches totalling more than 830,000 doses have been placed on a truck.

There were 116,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines given in the past week.


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First batches of local AstraZeneca vaccine on route for distribution