Interesting Article On How Australia Is Making The Oxford Vaccine

In summary, Australia is heavily involved in the development of the Oxford vaccine for COVID-19. The country is participating in Phase 3 clinical trials, actively contributing to the manufacturing process, and has secured a deal to supply the vaccine to its population. This is just one of the ways Australia is contributing to the global effort to find a vaccine, as the country is also investing in research and collaborating with other countries. The Oxford vaccine stands out for its unique approach using a weakened virus to trigger an immune response, which has been successful in other vaccines. The availability of the vaccine in Australia will depend on the results of the trials and regulatory approval, but it is expected to be available to the public by early 2021.
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1. What is the Oxford vaccine and how is Australia involved in its development?

The Oxford vaccine, also known as the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, is a COVID-19 vaccine developed by the University of Oxford in collaboration with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. Australia has been involved in the development of this vaccine through its partnership with AstraZeneca and the funding it has provided for clinical trials and manufacturing.

2. What role does Australia play in the production of the Oxford vaccine?

Australia has secured agreements with AstraZeneca to manufacture the Oxford vaccine locally, which will enable the country to produce enough doses to vaccinate its entire population. This will also help in the global distribution of the vaccine to other countries in need.

3. How is the Oxford vaccine different from other COVID-19 vaccines?

The Oxford vaccine uses a weakened version of a common cold virus (adenovirus) that has been genetically modified to not replicate in humans. This virus is combined with genetic material from the COVID-19 virus, which triggers an immune response in the body. This is different from other vaccines that use inactivated or weakened forms of the COVID-19 virus.

4. What are the potential benefits of the Oxford vaccine for Australia?

The Oxford vaccine has shown promising results in clinical trials, with an average efficacy rate of 70%. It is also easier to store and transport compared to other COVID-19 vaccines, as it can be stored at regular refrigerator temperatures. This makes it more accessible for distribution in remote and rural areas of Australia.

5. When will the Oxford vaccine be available in Australia?

The Australian government has announced that it aims to start rolling out the Oxford vaccine from March 2021, pending regulatory approval. However, the exact timeline will depend on the progress of clinical trials and the approval process by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

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