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Topic-icon 'Moderna' joins hands with 'Australia' to establish the largest mRNA vaccine fac

Moderna, the US drugmaker It SLOTXO will set up an mRNA vaccine facility in Australia, which will be the largest production base outside the US and Europe, with an expected annual production of up to 100 million doses of the vaccine.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia He told the Melbourne press that the Victoria plant will produce up to 100 million mRNA vaccines a year after it is officially operational in 2024.

“With this new expansion of cooperation We are building the capacity to produce these vaccines on our own in Australia,” Morrison said.

The Aussie leader has not disclosed any investments in this cooperation with Moderna. But there are reports from local media that It should cost about 2 billion Australian dollars.

Moderna previously announced in October that it plans to invest $500 million in a vaccine facility in Africa to produce 500 million doses of mRNA vaccines a year, including those against cattle. vid-19, but has yet to decide which country to choose as a production base

Covid-19 vaccine Moderna and Pfizer's technology is based on mRNA technology, which stands for Messenger Ribonucleic Acid. The technology could also be used to make other respiratory vaccines. including seasonal colds

Victoria's acting Prime Minister James Merlino said the Australian mRNA vaccine facility would provide a shield against future epidemics. and ensuring that Australia can produce its own vaccines in the country. without the risk of global supply chain problems

The announcement came as Sydney's home state of New South Wales reported 804 more coronavirus cases on Sunday, the highest daily figure after the government began to ease lockdown measures. in early October and although the "delta" strain is still the dominant strain But began to find more patients infected with the "Omicron" strain.

Nearly 90% of the Australian population aged 16 and over has received two doses of the vaccine, and the government has decided to reduce the time frame for booster-dose injections. in response to the infestation of Omicron

Australia still has a cumulative total of around 232,700 cases and 2,113 deaths since COVID-19. start to spread

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