Supply of AstraZeneca through COVAX delayed

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The Covishield vaccine, which was approved by Health Canada on February 26, is produced by the Serum Institute of India and is considered equivalent to the AstraZeneca version.

Australia's pace of COVID-19 immunization drive is not a cause for concern and the vaccination program will be completed by the end of October, authorities said on Wednesday, as the country finished administering more than 100,000 first doses.

The Covisheiled/AstraZeneca vaccine is provided in two doses that are given approximately 16 weeks apart.

COVAX is co-led by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), working in partnership with UNICEF as well as the World Bank, civil society organizations, manufacturers, and others.

"We are pleased that Ghana has become the first country to receive the COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX Facility".

Australia will enlist the help of more than 1,000 GP clinics in its bid to keep its vaccine rollout on schedule.

"Phase 1b of the rollout includes vulnerable populations, such as older people and people with certain underlying conditions".

He also said that the company is "very hopeful that it's very effective against the United Kingdom variant", and that they are also "developing a potential new vaccine in case our current vaccine is not as effective as we were hoping for".

Although Brazil has still not signed a contract with Pfizer, Economy Minister Paulo Guedes said that after Mr Bolsonaro's call, the company had agreed to start delivering 14 million doses by June, up from 9 million in its prior offer.

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Vaccines are being rolled out to front line workers around the world.

She assured that vaccine diplomacy will continue to be strengthened, adding that diplomatic efforts will also be boosted to support the government's efforts directed at health resilience and economic recovery.

It is the first use of an export control system brought in by the European Union to ensure sure big pharma companies would respect their contracts.

But the slow pace is not down to a shortage of vaccines.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

"They are in an unbridled crisis situation".

He said over 81,000 Australians have so far been vaccinated.

Speaking on Sunday, Mr Hunt said a medic from the elite Melbourne suburb had expressed his desire to charge patients for the coronavirus vaccine, despite both the AstraZeneca and Pfizer doses being free of charge.

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