Australian government makes deal to get potential Covid vaccine free from Oxford University | Australia News

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The Morrison government has said it has reached a deal with British pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca to provide Australians with the University of Oxford’s Covid-19 vaccine free of charge – assuming it allows clinical trials.The vaccine deal also includes a $ 24.7 million contract with medical technology company Becton Dickinson for the supply of needles and syringes to ensure that there are enough stocks available to deploy. the vaccine nationwide.

Scott Morrison says Australia has sued the Oxford vaccine because it is “one of the most advanced and promising in the world.” But the prime minister said Australia would continue negotiations with other parties.

“There is no guarantee that this vaccine or any other vaccine will be successful, which is why we are continuing our discussions with many parties across the world while supporting our own research at the same time to find a vaccine,” said Morrison in a statement.

The government offers to sign a letter of intent with AstraZeneca and to enter into a consumables contract with Becton Dickinson for the supply of needles and syringes. The total cost of the program will likely run into the billions of dollars.

The government says the initial agreements will cover vaccine development, production and distribution and will contain a commitment to produce the vaccine locally. Subsequent agreements will include the distribution, timing and price of the vaccine.

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