Australia to spend on vaccines for wider region

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31st October, 2020 02:01:35 printer

Australia to spend on vaccines for wider region


Australia has announced it will spend 500 million Australian dollars (USD 351 million) to secure COVID-19 vaccines for the Pacific and Southeast Asia as part of a shared recovery for our region from the pandemic.

The government said it would use a range of advance purchase agreements with manufacturers via the global COVAX Facility plan, which aims to ensure virus vaccines are shared with all nations.

"We are committing an additional AU 500 million over three years towards this effort, it said. The funding will further help ensure that the countries of the Pacific and East Timor are able to achieve full immunisation coverage, and will make a significant contribution toward meeting the needs of southeast Asia.

Figures from the state's Health Department show an average of just 2.4 new cases per day for the past 14 days.

The easing of restrictions means families can visit each other at home. A 25-kilometre (15-mile) travel limit remains in place and outdoor gatherings are still capped at 10 people, AP reported.