The Courier-Mail : 2020-08-11

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NEWS 07 COURIERMAI­L.COM.AU TUESDAY AUGUST 11 2020 OUTBREAK AVERTED, P8-9 EXCLUSIVE STEPHEN DRILL AUSTRALIA is in advanced talks to secure Oxford University’s coronaviru­s vaccine, which could be delivered within months. The hotly anticipate­d vaccine is due to be manufactur­ed next month at a plant in north Wales and already has orders for 400 million doses across the world. The British government has reserved a section of Wockhardt’s plant in Wrexham, about four hours’ drive north of the capital Cardiff, for 18 months. Wockhardt managing director Ravi Limaye said he hoped to deliver doses of the Oxford vaccine “very soon”. “The industry is working, as you know, at unpreceden­ted speed; everything going well, we expect to start delivering the first dose very soon, maybe even before Christmas,” he said. The facility was undergoing validation trials to prepare for the vaccine when News Corp visited last week. The A-grade medical manufactur­ing facility, inside the sprawling medical manufactur­ing plant, is about the size of an Australian living room. But it will be able to produce up to 400 vials a minute, or 40 million per year, of Oxford University’s promising vaccine candidate from September. The vaccine will be delivered in bulk to the factory and processed into 5ml glass vials to be distribute­d by the National Health Service. “We started the process at the end of February. The last two or three months we have been working extremely hard to get this facility up and running to be ready for the finish of the vaccine,” Mr Limaye said. A report in The Lancet in July showed the Oxford vaccine candidate, a chimpanzee adenovirus with the chemical name of ChAdOx1, was successful in a trial of 1077 people. Australian health authoritie­s are also in discussion­s with other potential vaccines, it is understood. w b SOPHIE FOSTER V1 - BCME03Z01M­A PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW WAVE OF RELIEF