Australia adds 1Mn extra Moderna vaccines to focus on COVID hotspots

Australia adds 1Mn extra Moderna vaccines to focus on COVID hotspots

Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison has recently announced that an additional 400,000 COVID vaccine jabs will be delivered to hotspots in Melbourne this month, following the government's acquisition of an additional 1 million doses of Moderna vaccines from the European Union.

The latest addition is a combination of the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines and will be directed towards Melbourne. These vaccines are in high demand due to the minimal risk of blood clots associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Reportedly, Prime Minister Morrison revealed the extra vaccine doses for Victoria and disclosed details of a new EU supply contract that will send extra Moderna vaccines to Australia that were previously meant for Spain, the Czech Republic, Portugal, and Bulgaria.

Furthermore, these doses will be provided to approximately 3,600 pharmacies in Australia.

According to Morrison, Victoria is reporting a constant surge in cases just like in New South Wales earlier.

He added that the mRNA vaccine support would help Victoria cope with vaccinating younger people, especially in Melbourne's north and west. This will support continued expansion of vaccination sites across the region as part of a three-week vaccination campaign to deal with the spike from the Delta variant.

The decision was made amid requests from Victorian Premier Dan Andrews for the federal government to make good on its allocation of Pfizer vaccinations after more were sent to NSW at the start of the greater Sydney outbreak in July.

The ATAGI (Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization) recommends Moderna for people aged 12 and above, which correlates to the Therapeutic Goods Administration's (TGA) approval of the vaccination for people aged 12 to 59.

Morrison claims the extra supplies would allow a family jab in September, with enough vaccines for everyone aged 12 to 59 now obtainable and the country's immunization program catching up to where it would have been under the initial deadlines.