The Victorian Government will be investing $50 million in developing mRNA COVID-19 vaccines locally.
Following the basis of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations, the mRNA innovation can be manufactured cheaply, rapidly and without any danger.
It is believed that with its budget, the mRNA development can be settled in Melbourne and will be spent in universities and medical manufacturers partnerships over the next two years.
Acting Premier James Merlino told reporters this morning that there couldn’t be a better time to start the project.
“Twelve months ago would have been the best time to have done this, but the next best time is right now,” he said.
Merlino said that getting supplies of vaccines overseas can be challenging and that the onshore developments is expected to last at least a year.
“We know the benefits of onshore manufacturing, and we know the benefits of this technology,” he said.
Three Victorian mass vaccination hubs have also opened today for people aged over 70 years old.
COVID-19 vaccines will be available with or without bookings at the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Geelong’s former Ford factory that will cover Phase 1a and 1b of the rollout. The seniors will be vaccinated with the AstraZeneca while the Pfizer vaccine remains a priority for healthcare workers under 50.
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