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Australia Australia secures 85 million Pfizer booster shots

04:24  25 july  2021
04:24  25 july  2021 Source:   9news.com.au

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Australia has secured another 85 million doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to be used as booster shots from next February - as all Sydneysiders over the age of 18 were urged to 'strongly consider' getting the AstraZeneca jab. The federal government said the supply deal with Pfizer -BioNTech will The agreement includes 60 million doses of the jab arriving on Australian shores in the first quarter of 2022 and another 25 million in 2023. The timeline is based on evidence which suggests those who receive the Covid-19 vaccine will need a booster shot within a year of receiving their first two doses.

Australia has fallen behind Europe and North America in securing more supplies of the Pfizer vaccine for future years, as nations start buying booster shots to prepare for new coronavirus strains. Health Minister Greg Hunt said the government would act on advice from Commonwealth medical experts to buy more doses if required to add to contracts that promise 66 million doses from the end of this year. The EU has a contracts with Pfizer for as many as 2.4 billion doses - more than five times the population to be covered - in the years ahead. Credit:AP. The federal plan depends on one supplier

a close up of a bottle: Pfizer has responded to reports a Queensland police officer was hospitalised in Brisbane with blood clots three days after receiving the companies coronavirus vaccine. © Getty Pfizer has responded to reports a Queensland police officer was hospitalised in Brisbane with blood clots three days after receiving the companies coronavirus vaccine.


The federals government has secured an additional 85 million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to provide Australians with booster doses in the next two years.

The government has purchased 60 million doses set to arrive in 2022 and a further 25 million for the following year.

The doses are in addition to the 40 million already due to arrive in Australia this year.

However, the future doses will do little to address a critical shortage of available Pfizer vaccines which has hamstrung Australia's national vaccine rollout, pushing it two months behind schedule.

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Pfizer ’s rival Moderna, too, is working on booster shots . This should be positive for Covid vaccine makers as they could likely see some level of recurring revenues from what initially appeared like a one-off vaccine product. Pfizer is also looking to expand its vaccine business following the pandemic, extending its use of the gene-based mRNA The European Union will not exercise its option to purchase up to 300 million additional doses of Covid-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, per a report from Reuters, while looking to secure more doses from Pfizer /BioNTech.

Pfizer /BioNTech has not supported the approach, arguing that the vaccine has not been through trials to show what efficacy looked like after three months with one dose. A team of researchers in Israel, which is ahead of every other country in its immunisation programme and is using the They found that efficacy increased over time. “What we see is a really high effectiveness right after two weeks, between two weeks to four weeks after vaccine, already high effectiveness of 85 % reduction of symptomatic infection,” Gili Regev-Yochay, co-author of the study, told a small group of journalists.

The rate of those fully vaccinated against COVID-19 win Australia currently stands at just 12.6 per cent.


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It comes after Sydney's spiralling outbreak prompted fresh advice from Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI), urging Sydneysiders to "strongly consider getting vaccinated with any available vaccine", including the AstraZeneca jab.

With many struggling to secure appointments, dozens of people have taken to waiting for hours at the Homebush vaccination hub, hoping to secure one of the day's leftover doses.

People wait for 15 minutes after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at the Melbourne Showgrounds COVID-19 Vaccination Centre on July 20, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. Premier Daniel Andrews has announced a 7 day extension on the lockdown in Victoria, as the state continues to record new community COVID-19 cases and work to stop the spread of the highly infectious delta coronavirus strain in the community. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images) © Getty People wait for 15 minutes after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at the Melbourne Showgrounds COVID-19 Vaccination Centre on July 20, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. Premier Daniel Andrews has announced a 7 day extension on the lockdown in Victoria, as the state continues to record new community COVID-19 cases and work to stop the spread of the highly infectious delta coronavirus strain in the community. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)


Previously, the Pfizer shot was the only vaccine recommended by the top medical body for Australians under 60, but remained unavailable to most under the age of 40.

The Sydney outbreak reached a new peak yesterday with 163 new COVID-19 cases confirmed, the majority of whom live in the city's south-west.

The number of unlinked cases has also risen to a new high of 76, and at least 45 of the new cases were infectious in the community.

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Germany plans to start offering Covid-19 booster shots to the elderly and at-risk from September 1, according to a draft document seen by AFP on Sunday, as concerns grow about the spread of the Delta variant. Mobile vaccination teams will be sent into care and nursing homes to offer Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna booster shots to residents, regardless of which vaccine they had originally, says the document. Doctors will also be able to administer the booster jab to those who qualify, such as the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.

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