Australia approves the Pfizer vaccine
January 25, 2021 11:17 am
Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine is the first to be approved for use in Australia. [Source: ABC]
Australia’s regulatory body has approved Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for public use.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration on Monday said the vaccine met the “high safety, efficacy and quality standards” required.
As a result, it has been approved for “active immunisation” for individuals over 16 years old.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the TGA approval was an important step in the fight against COVID-19.
“This is not an emergency approval as has been done in some other jurisdictions around the world. This is a formal approval, under the ordinary processes of the TGA. And we are one of the first countries in a handful of countries to have gone through that comprehensive and thorough processes here in Australia to ensure the approval of that vaccine.”
It’s the first COVID-19 jab to be approved for use in Australia.
Australia has purchased 10 million doses of the vaccine.