The Therapeutic Products Administration, which makes medical regulations in Australia, announced that it has approved the Covid-19 vaccine developed by the pharmaceutical company Pfizer.
Stating that the presentation made by Pfizer has been reviewed comprehensively and independently, the Therapeutic Products Administration (TGA) announced that the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine was approved for use in Australia after it was decided that it meets the high safety, efficacy and quality standards.
The statement pointed out that the approval will be valid for 2 years, and it was emphasized that the reliability of the vaccine will continue to be monitored in Australia and abroad.
After the approval of the Pfizer vaccine, which eliminated the feature of being the first vaccine to be used in Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that he welcomed the decision and said that his goals as the government were “to keep Australians safe, protect their lives and livelihoods”.
Stating that they are planning to start the vaccination study at the end of February, Prime Minister Morrison said, “We are looking at the end of February rather than mid-February to start vaccination, because of the difficulties we see in production and delivery for both AZ (AstraZeneca vaccine) and Pfizer.” used the expressions.
80,000 Australians are targeted to be vaccinated per week
Stating that the TGA, which approved the vaccine, “puts safety above everything”, Health Minister Greg Hunt stated that they initially planned to exceed 80,000 Australians per week.
Stating that the vaccine is approved to be administered to healthy individuals over the age of 16, but it is necessary to apply “clinical decision” to elderly and poor health people, Australian Health Undersecretary Dr. Brendan Murphy “The benefits of vaccination should also be considered,” said.
In Australia, which has closed its borders to citizens of all countries except citizens and those with permanent residence permits since the end of March 2020, when the Covid-19 pandemic started to spread in the country, 909 of the 28 thousand 766 Australians who were infected with the virus died.
Of the 135 active cases across the country, where there has been no loss of life in recent months and the number of new cases per day is very low, 32 of them are being treated in hospitals.
– Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that vaccination could begin at the end of February.