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Australia Millions of Pfizer booster shots locked in as government plans to continue vaccinations into 2023

07:41  25 july  2021
07:41  25 july  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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The US government has bought 200 million doses of Pfizer ’s Covid-19 vaccine , in anticipation of booster shots and doses for children being approved. Meanwhile, jab or no jab, kids are being asked to mask up to return to school. Pfizer announced the purchase on Friday, stating that the sale brings the total number of doses of its Covid vaccine supplied to the US government to 500 million . “These additional doses will help the US government ensure broad vaccine access into next year.”

Pfizer is expected to take in .3 billion more in combined Covid-19 vaccine revenue in 2022 and 2023 as the world continues to get vaccinated , Morgan Stanley projected. The vaccines could eventually lead to the rehiring of millions of workers whose jobs were derailed during the health crisis. Still, the tens of billions of dollars Pfizer and Moderna stand to make off the vaccines has drawn criticism given the human suffering. The pandemic has killed nearly 300,000 people in the United States alone.

Pfizer will produce 85 million booster shots for Australia, with the first batch to arrive sometime next year.

The federal government signed a deal with the multinational pharmaceutical company in recent days, but has refused to say how much it will cost.

Sixty million doses will be sent to Australia next year, and the remaining 25 million are due to arrive in 2023.

They will be offered to people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, to provide further protection from new strains of the virus, and are on top of the 40 million doses ordered to arrive this year.

In a statement, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the deal would allow every Australian to have a booster shot if needed.

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The federal government said the supply deal with Pfizer -BioNTech will ensure every Australian can receive an additional booster shot on top of their initial two doses. The supply deal - which will also cover any alterations to the vaccine as new strains of the virus emerge - means the Australian government will have secured 125 million doses of the Pfizer jab by 2023 . Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the deal means Australia had 'turned the corner' in its national vaccine roll-out, which has been plagued by delays and supply shortages.

"The federal government is exercising an option in its contract with Pfizer to purchase 200 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine to be delivered between fall 2021 and spring 2022 to prepare for future vaccination needs, including vaccines for children under 12 and possible booster shots if studies show they are necessary," the official said. The official noted that Pfizer has agreed to "provide the US with 65 million pediatric doses should its vaccine be approved for kids under 12, including doses available immediately upon authorization."

"This will ensure individuals, families and communities have certainty about their continued protection against the evolving threat of COVID-19 over the next two years," he said.

ATAGI hasn't recommended boosters yet

Booster shots are not yet formally part of Australia's vaccine rollout program.

That's because the nation's vaccine advisory body, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI), is yet to recommend additional doses.

However countries across the globe are already looking at options, and earlier this year Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said he expected people would "likely" need a third shot.

Health Minister Greg Hunt recently said while ATAGI was yet to make a decision, the government was already planning ahead.

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As Canada continues its COVID-19 vaccine rollout, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday that the government has secured 35 million Pfizer booster shots for 2022. Health Canada has initiated a plan to authorize boosters without the same extensive testing required to approve the original vaccines , similar to how flu shots are authorized each year after being adjusted for the new strain of flu virus believed to be dominant. Canada has already purchased 117.6 million doses of the four vaccines authorized, which could fully vaccinate all Canadians once, and about half the

The Pfizer packaging will include a device that tracks the location of the box, plus a thermal probe that will make sure the deep freeze is maintained throughout the journey from the company’s distribution sites in Michigan and Wisconsin. This week, federal officials said that rather than using all 6.4 million doses that the government initially ordered from Pfizer to vaccinate people, it is holding back half of the supply for a booster shot to recipients three weeks after their first vaccination . But even though only about three million people will receive a vaccine in the first week, officials have held firm on their

"There's no final decision as to whether a booster will be required, but we are planning as if a booster will be required," he said earlier this month.

"At this stage, our best advice is that mRNA and, in particular as well, protein vaccines would be the ideal candidates for a booster."

Federal Labor welcomed the government's announcement, but frontbencher Bill Shorten said it would not solve current supply problems.

"That's a good announcement, but aren't we then relying on the global supply chains again?" Mr Shorten said on Insiders.

"What happens if the variant changes or someone else needs it? We have to make it here."

The federal government has asked Australian businesses to make mRNA vaccines, but it could take four years before local production starts.

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The Pfizer shot was previously reported as more than 90% effective for infections of any severity, though the ministry said it remained 88% effective against hospitalizations and just over 91% against “severe symptoms.” Though Pfizer has already announced it would seek FDA approval for a third dose of its vaccine earlier this month, top White House Covid adviser Anthony Fauci downplayed the move, insisting that boosters were “not needed at this time.” He nonetheless left that door open, saying that US health bodies were still studying the question and might later change their stance.

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“This virus is not going away. There is one ticket out of this crisis, and that is vaccinations,” he told Sky News.

But a lack of supply and changing medical advice on the AstraZeneca vaccine has slowed down the rollout.

Yesterday, ATAGI encouraged anyone in greater Sydney, regardless of their age, to "strongly consider" getting the AstraZeneca vaccine, and said its new advice was based on the increasing risk of COVID-19 and lack of Pfizer supplies.

New South Wales pleaded with other states to give it some of their doses, but that request was denied by National Cabinet, before the federal government offered an additional 50,000 doses from Commonwealth reserves.

Mr Shorten called on states to hand over spare vaccines, naming his own home state of Victoria, as well as Western Australia and Queensland.

"We have become the United Nations of Australia. I'm sick of the fact that we have eight mini-countries,” he said.

"I think in Victoria and the rest of Australia, if there are unsubscribed, unscheduled vaccines, Sydney is where the trouble is.

“We are Australians first, we are cheering our team on in Tokyo, but here we are in the Hunger Games, and I think people are over the squabbling."


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