The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine will no longer be manufactured in Australia due to the demand for Pfizer and Moderna.
The safe and effective jab received a lot of criticism despite being approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
At one stage, Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young told people under 40 not to get the AstraZeneca vaccine, even though it was approved for use by ATAGI.
The vaccine is made by biotechnology company CSL. It will likely cease production once they finish the current order and the Federal Government is unlikely to extend the contract.
“Notwithstanding the perhaps disproportionate criticism that this vaccine’s reputation has experienced, we couldn’t be prouder that the AstraZeneca vaccine has given protection to many millions of Australians,” CSL’s Chairman told investors.
“Obviously we don’t want to be manufacturing something that’s not going to be utilised and we will have a number of options heading into the future,” Associate Professor Paul Griffin from the University of Queensland told 9News.