Push for onshore vaccine makers
THE federal government is looking into developing onshore manufacturing capacity of vaccines such as Pfizer.
Newly appointed Industry Minister Christian Porter confirmed that the government was working to scale up current vaccine manufacturing facilities for mRNA jabs, a key ingredient in the Pfizer vaccine
“An audit … identified companies based within Australia with mRNA production capability,” a spokesman for the minister said.
“The government is currently working with those organisations to explore whether that capability could be scaled up into the future, noting that this would take time to develop,” the spokesman said.
Australia is currently manufacturing only AstraZeneca onshore.
In February, federal Department of Health secretary Brendan Murphy said that mRNA vaccine success had“surprised the world” and that he saw a role for them moving forward.
Health Minister Greg Hunt yesterday confirmed that he was in talks with the producers of the Pfizer vaccine to secure more doses.
Australia has purchased 40 million doses of the German jab, but the majority of those doses are expected to arrive in the country between September and December this year.