Children as young as two could soon get a Covid-19 shot as Moderna reveals plans to manufacture its vaccine in Australia.
Moderna chief medical officer Paul Burton said the company was in discussions with the Australian Government to produce vaccines in Australia.
He also said Moderna would release clinical studies on the effectiveness of its vaccine on children under 12 in November.
Moderna are set to release clinical studies in November which hope to allow infants as young as two to be vaccinated (pictured, a Modern vaccine)
‘Our chief executive has been having discussions with the Australian Government about opportunities of bringing manufacturing to Australia,’ Dr Burton told the Herald Sun.
‘At the moment, it’s been approved for use in adults and children aged over 12 and we’re certainly going down into, you know, infants, two years old.’
Moderna already received the green light to immunise children between 12 and 15, along with Pfizer. Both are mRNA vaccinations.
The company is developing Covid booster shots that target variants of the virus, including the Delta strain which has spread rapidly in NSW and Victoria.
The production method used by Moderna allows for up to 30 different elements, meaning it can be modified to include any new variants that are yet to emerge.
Having already been approved to immunise children aged 12-15, the company hopes that they can help vaccinate younger aged children (pictured, a child receives a vaccination)
‘In our cancer program, when we do personalised cancer vaccines, we can put 30 different messenger RNAs so we can we can combine against many different messenger RNAs and proteins,’ Dr Burton said.
A study conducted by the US Centres for Disease Control found Moderna’s vaccine was five per cent more effective at preventing hospitalisation than it’s rivals.
Modern’s vaccine was 93 per cent effective at preventing hospitalisation, compared to Pfizer’s 88 per cent.
The Moderna vaccine has also been shown to contain three times more mRNA than Pfizer, making it the most effective mRNA vaccine available.
The Australian Government asked for expressions of interest for states to set up manufacturing sites earlier this year.
Moderna’s mRNA vaccine has been clinically proven to be the most effective mRNA vaccine on the market, beating the Pfizer vaccine (pictured, a vial of the Moderna vaccine)
Multiple bids are being assessed and an announcement as to where mRNA vaccines will be produced is expected within weeks.
Monash University Professor Colin Pouton has been producing an Australian made mRNA vaccine, attempting to set up a production plant in Australia.
The Victorian Government put funding towards an mRNA vaccine manufacturing plant, and gave Monash University $5 million to produce doses for scientific trials.
About 50.9 per cent of Australians over the age of 16 have been fully vaccinated and 75.4 per cent have received their first jab
Moderna’s chief medical officer Dr Paul Burton confirmed that the company is in discussions with Australian government officials about production (pictured, a vial of the Moderna vaccine)
NSW and the ACT are leading the way in their vaccination rollouts, with 85.2 and 85.9 per cent of residents having received their first dose of a vaccine.
The nation’s capital is the first state to break the 60 per cent fully vaccinated mark, with NSW close behind at 59.3 per cent.
Western Australia and Queensland are lagging behind, with only 63 and 63.4 per cent of residents having received their first dose.
Both states have 44.5 per cent of their populations fully vaccinated.
On Sunday, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said her state was only a couple of weeks away from having 70 per cent of the population fully vaccinated.
‘I ask everybody to please hold the line, it’s really important we work hard now so that when we do start opening up at 70 per cent, we are able to do so safely and by bringing everyone together,’ Ms Berejiklian said.
On Sunday NSW recorded 961 new cases of Covid-19 and 9 deaths
She also explained the government is close to finalising a roadmap for when 80 per cent of people have had two jabs, but unvaccinated people may have to wait another two months to access the same freedoms.
When asked about the kinds of freedoms available for the fully vaccinated, Ms Berejiklian said life will not return to normal overnight.
‘While all of us would like to think once we get to that 80 per cent double dose it will be back to living without Covid, but it will not be, it will be a new Covid normal,’ she said.
‘But we will enjoy so many more freedoms than what we have today and we will all adjust our lives and I am confident because of the goodwill demonstrated by everybody that people will step up and take responsibility.’