The first batch of coronavirus vaccines are expected to arrive by New Year’s Day but Australians may have to wait up to four months to get the jab.
The AstraZeneca vaccine, which is being produced by biotechnology firm CSL, is on track to be ready by December 28 but will need to finish its clinical trials.
After that it must be approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, which is expected to delay the rollout of the jab to the end of January.
A vaccine for coronavirus is on track to be ready by the end of the year but Australians may have to wait up to four months to receive it
The AstraZeneca vaccine, which is being produced by biotechnology giant CSL, is on track to be ready by December 28
That would still be far earlier than Health Minister Greg Hunt’s earlier forecast that the first dose of a successful vaccine won’t be available until March.
CSL began producing millions of doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine on November 9 in their factory in Melbourne.
If successful, the vaccine will be rolled out in a two-dose per person system.
Each batch of the vaccine takes around 50 days to make, meaning they would be ready by the end of the year.
The jab, which was developed at the University of Oxford, is seen as the leading candidate across the globe.
The Australian Government has also bought potential vaccines from US firms Pfizer and BioNtech, American company Novavax, and the University of Queensland.
Australia has bought four potential coronavirus vaccines which are expected to be available next year (pictured residents wear face masks in Melbourne)
The AstraZeneca jab, which was produced at the University of Oxford, is seen as the leading candidate across the globe (pictured CSL staff work on the vaccine)
The results of CSL’s AstraZeneca clinical trials are also expected to be released in the coming weeks while the Novavax vaccine is in its second phase of trials.
All four of the vaccines are expected to be available in Australia in 2021 with the TGA confirming it expects to approve the first dose in late January.
Mr Hunt said that if all four are approved, every Australian could get the jab three separate times.
CSL’s Chief Scientific Officer Dr Andrew Nash earlier said the AstraZeneca vaccine was well on track to be ready for release around the middle of next year.