COVID-19 Vaccine Approval Process to Be Expedited

Thursday, January 7th, 2021

Some Australians could receive a COVID-19 vaccination as early as mid February.

The Prime Minister is hopeful the Therapeutic Goods Administration will approve a vaccine within weeks.

Scott Morrison says, the TGA will fast-track the existing plan for vaccinating high-risk groups, without taking any shortcuts.

“There has been the necessary swiftness that has been asked of the TGA and the health officials that are driving this process, it is moving considerably faster than normal vaccination approval processes would occur in Australia, but without skipping a step, without cutting a corner, ensuring that everything that needs to be ticked is ticked along the way”, said the Prime Minister.

The TGA is working through the final steps of approvals for both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines.

Australia is on track to have millions of doses available by mid to late February, with Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly saying they hope to vaccinate 80,000 people a week.

State and Territory leaders are also due to discuss the topic on Friday during a special National Cabinet meeting.

“Tomorrow the National Cabinet will be meeting by video link, this will include the necessity for state governments and territory governments to harmonise, and ensure a national consistency in public health orders, which is the process by which any requirement to have a vaccine is made legal across Australia”, said Mr Morrison.

 

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