Australia is in “advanced negotiations” to manufacture a coronavirus vaccine here, it has been confirmed, after reports a deal is “days away”.
Heath Parkes-Hupton – NCA NewsWire August 16, 2020
Health Minister Greg Hunt has confirmed Australia is in “advanced negotiations” to have a coronavirus vaccine manufactured Down Under.
His comments follow a report that Australia is days away from signing a deal with Oxford University to produce its “promising” vaccine.
The Sunday Telegraph reports the federal government is in the final stages of negotiations with a manufacturer to produce the drug from pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca.
The UK-based company recently signed the European Union’s first finalised vaccine supply agreement, and has pledged to supply 400 doses of experimental vaccine AZD1222.