Australia To Be Among The First To Receive COVID-19 Vaccine From AstraZeneca

(RTTNews) - Australia will be one of the first countries to receive the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine from U.K.-based biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a statement.

The Australian Government has struck a deal with the drug company to receive the University of Oxford COVID-19 vaccine, if AZD1222 vaccine candidate proves successful. AstraZeneca is developing the vaccine in partnership with the University of Oxford.

Under the deal, the government will offer all 25 million Australians the COVID-19 vaccine for free.

"The Oxford vaccine is one of the most advanced and promising in world, and under this deal we have secured early access for every Australian," Morrison said.

An Australian vaccine already has commenced trials in Australia.
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