AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Production Starts in Australia, Reports Say

© AFP 2022 / VINCENZO PINTOCapped vials are being pictured during filling and packaging tests for the large-scale production and supply of the University of Oxford’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate, AZD1222
Capped vials are being pictured during filling and packaging tests for the large-scale production and supply of the University of Oxford’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate, AZD1222 - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The company CSL Limited is starting production of the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine on Monday, Australian media outlets report.

"[The vaccine] is going to be voluntary but we'll encourage as many people as possible", Health Minister Greg Hunt told 2GB on Monday. "We're confident that we'll have a very high take-up amongst the Australian population", he added.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that it will take CSL about 50 days to completely process the vaccine. According to the newspaper, the company has separate contracts with AstraZeneca and the Australian government to produce the vaccine.

© REUTERS / DADO RUVIC A test tube labelled vaccine is seen in front of AstraZeneca logo in this illustration taken, September 9, 2020.
AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Production Starts in Australia, Reports Say - Sputnik International
A test tube labelled vaccine is seen in front of AstraZeneca logo in this illustration taken, September 9, 2020.

Thirty million doses of the vaccine will enter into production in Victoria on Monday, according to Sydney's 2GB radio.

The AstraZeneca vaccine still needs to be approved by Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Phase three clinical trials of the vaccine are expected to wrap up by the end of this year.

According to Health Minister Greg Hunt, the vaccine will start to be available to the public in March.

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