Australian News: An Adelaide developed vaccine that has already been successfully used by millions in Iran, could be available in Australia in a matter of weeks.
The Covax-19 protein vaccine, developed by Flinders University Professor Nikolai Petrovsky had received provisional determination. This is the first step for approval, although pressure is being placed on health authorities to fast track its full approval.
Crowd funding on Gofundme to have the vaccine approved and available in the country has reached $984,200.
Professor Skerritt said “They have not yet put in a full submission, although we are expecting one soon, and once we receive their submission, we’ll review it with the utmost urgency”.
“We are also well aware this is a small company that is essentially a couple of people providing data, whereas a typical vaccine submission has several dozens if not 100 staff working on it from one of the big pharma companies” Professor Skerritt head of the Therapeutic Goods Administration said.
Professor Skerritt revealed there had been difficulties acquiring crucial data on its use in Iran, as it is an Australian vaccine.
“When we have a vaccine manufactured in the US or in Germany, or the UK, we’re able to go to the British regulator and say, can you basically give all your records…or visit there with a GoPro and show us the equipment”.
Independent SA senator Rex Patrick has put pressure on the federal Health Department to provide more support to help Vaxine manufacture the Covax jab in SA.