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Pfizer: COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in Australia

  • Australia’s health regulator has officially approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use
  • The go-ahead issued by the TGA follows a comprehensive approval process and allows Australians aged 16 years and over to receive the vaccination
  • Vaccinations expected to begin in late February for priority groups, with two doses required at least 21 days apart
  • These priority groups will include quarantine and border personnel, frontline health workers, aged care and disability staff and residents
  • In addition to the Pfizer vaccine, Australia expected to have the capacity to produce the AstraZeneca candidate onshore in late March
  • The news follows Panasonic’s entry last week into the $22 billion vaccine storage race with its ultra-cold freezer boxes

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