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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.

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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.

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