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Australia close to signing deal to produce coronavirus vaccine

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.

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