In the wake of new strains of Covid around the world, countries need new vaccines. Many countries have again had problems with the virus. For this reason, negotiations with the laboratories continue. One of them is the Pfizer vaccine, which seems to be the most necessary vaccine globally. Recently, in Australia, the health minister met with Pfizer only after the United Kingdom and the United States signed a deal for Covid-19 vaccines.
The Delta variant of coronavirus is not letting up in Oceania. Australia exceeded 1,000 cases per day for the first time in recent weeks. The vast majority of the new cases in Australia corresponded to the state of New South Wales. Its capital, Sydney, announced 1,029 infections of the virus in recent weeks. This surpassed the previous record of 919.
In New South Wales, the outbreak started in Sydney in mid-June. It reached more than 15,000 infections and spread to smaller towns. It led to the return of closures and travel restrictions in the populous southeast of Australia.
Australia’s vaccination campaign, which started slowly, has accelerated in recent weeks with the arrival of more drugs. More than a third of the country’s adults already got the vaccine. To further accelerate the process, Health Minister met with Pfizer only after the UK and USA signed a deal for Covid vaccines. It will undoubtedly be a boost to Australia’s vaccination plans.
Health Minister “forced” to Negotiate with Pfizer
Amid a new outbreak of the delta variant coronavirus, Australian doctors warned that fewer and fewer people want to be vaccinated with AstraZeneca doses. Pfizer’s doses became “the vaccine of choice” for people under 60. For this reason, due to the scarcity of Pfizer doses, the minister was “forced” to negotiate.
Doubts about vaccines have always been a problem in Australia. The problem is that experts now fear that the Government’s latest announcement has hampered progress on vaccination. The country lagged far behind other Western nations, partly because of citizens’ hesitancy about vaccines. But also because of government mistakes in procuring supplies.
Until April, the Government had relied on AstraZeneca as its primary vaccine for national use. But when reports emerged of thrombosis and thrombocytopenia syndrome, a rare blood clotting linked to the vaccine, the Government advised people under 50 to choose different doses.
The biggest problem was that the country of more than 25 million people only had the Pfizer injections in significantly smaller quantities. The Government promised that there would be sufficient supplies of Pfizer or other vaccines, such as Moderna and Novovax, by the last quarter of the year. Now, Health Minister met with Pfizer only after the UK and USA signed a deal for Covid vaccines. A big step for the procurement of Pfizer vaccines. For more info about The Pfizer vaccine was authorized by the FDA for use in adolescents. In the United States, in December 2020
Pfizer for Children of 12-15 Years Old
Australia approved the use of Pfizer’s vaccine for children aged 12 to 15 years. Australia’s drug regulatory body has approved the use of Pfizer/BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for children and adolescents aged 12 to 15 years. The Minister for Health stated this.
He said the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (ATAGI) will now consider the approval and said it is “likely” that the vaccine will be fast-tracked for children aged 12 to 15 years with underlying conditions.
The vaccine was previously approved for people over the age of 16. In this regard, Hunt also confirmed that people under the age of 40 would receive the vaccine between September and early October.
The Australian Government is facing increasing criticism over the slow pace of vaccination. More than half of its population is currently under quarantine due to New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia outbreaks.
The country had largely managed to avoid the pandemic with stringent measures. Such as keeping its international borders closed with few exceptions from March 2020. But the highly contagious delta variant has challenged these measures in recent weeks.
With about 25 million people, Australia has recorded more than 32,000 cases and 915 deaths since the pandemic began. So far, it has administered more than 10.6 million doses of vaccine.
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The Bottom Line
The Government resumed negotiations with the laboratory Pfizer to advance in purchasing its vaccine against the coronavirus. The Australian Health Minister resumed negotiations with the laboratory. The Australian vaccination plan continues according to the preference of its inhabitants.
Health Minister met with Pfizer only after the UK and USA signed a deal for Covid vaccines. Undoubtedly, the actions of Western countries influenced Australia’s decision to resume negotiations.
In addition, the Australian Government announced this Sunday the reservation of 85 million Covid-19 vaccines from Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. These will be delivered in 2022 and 2023 and will serve as booster doses against the pandemic. Authorities expect the first arrival of these booster doses in the first quarter of 2022. This year, a total of 60 million vaccines will be arriving in the country. In contrast, the remaining 25 million doses will arrive in 2023.
Australia, which initially planned to vaccinate its entire population by the end of October, has managed to vaccinate around 14 percent of those over 16 years of age with the full schedule. This was also one of the reasons why the health minister rushed the negotiations.
Australia implements a rapid and robust containment policy when outbreaks of the virus appear. It has accumulated more than 32,800 cases and 918 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. Now, the Pfizer vaccine seems to be the solution. A lot of people are expecting the country to buy them as a requirement to get the vaccine. The Delta strain is sweeping the world. Whatever country you are in, you need vaccine boosters and as quickly as possible. Let us hope the negotiations between the Government and Pfizer are successful.