$1 billion manufacturing agreement secures Australia’s national health security

first_img$1 billion manufacturing agreement secures Australia’s national health security A new high-tech vaccine manufacturing facility will be developed in Melbourne to secure Australia’s long-term supply of critical health products including pandemic influenza vaccines and life-saving antivenoms.The $1 billion agreement between the Morrison Government and Seqirus also provides the ability to rapidly manufacture vaccines when responding to health pandemics in the future.Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the new complex would be the largest influenza vaccine manufacturing facility in the Southern Hemisphere.“Keeping Australians safe is my number one priority and while we are rightly focused on both the health and economic challenges of COVID-19, we must also guard against future threats,” the Prime Minister said.“This agreement cements Australia’s long-term sovereign medical capabilities, giving us the ability to develop vaccines when we need them.”“Just as major defence equipment must be ordered well in advance, this is an investment in our national health security against future pandemics.”Health Minister Greg Hunt said under the agreement, Seqirus would invest $800 million in the development of the facility project, creating 520 construction jobs, commencing in 2021.“This new facility will guarantee Australian health security against pandemic influenza for the next two decades.”“Our government’s strategy to protect the health and wellbeing of Australians and the Australian economy, as well as having access to a world class health system.”“This is a major milestone, ensuring that Australia can mass produce vaccines against future flu pandemics, as well as continuing onshore production of seasonal flu vaccines, Q fever vaccines and antivenoms.Without this historic agreement, the nation would need to source these critical medical products from overseas.Seqirus is currently the only company making influenza and Q fever vaccine in Australia, and the only company in the world making life saving antivenom products against 11 poisonous Australian creatures (snakes, marine creatures and spiders).The current agreement between the Australian Government and Seqirus-a subsidiary of CSL Ltd-is due to end in 2024-25. To continue onshore manufacturing in Australia, Seqirus will now invest in a major new vaccine manufacturing facility close to Melbourne airport to replace its existing, ageing production facilities in Parkville, Melbourne.The highly specialised production facility is expected to be operational by 2026 with the contract for supply of these critical products extending to 2036.Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said Australia’s manufacturing capability had been a huge asset during the COVID-19 pandemic and this agreement will keep us in a strong position.“The Morrison Government knows just how important it is for Australia to be able to stand up for itself when it really matters,” Minister Andrews said.“This investment will not only allow us to continue to manufacture the essentials we need well into the future but it will also create and secure high paying manufacturing jobs across a range of skills.“This agreement is just one in a range of investments we’re making to drive Australian manufacturing forward and create jobs. We’re also investing a further $1.3 billion through our Modern Manufacturing Initiative into projects across six priority areas, including medical products.”The Morrison Government acted quickly and decisively to address the consequences of COVID-19 and as a result, Australia has achieved some of the best health and economic outcomes in the world.More than $18.5 billion has committed to support the emergency COVID-19 health response to the pandemic, including $3.2 billion to secure access to over 134.8 million doses of potential COVID-19 vaccine candidates developed by the University of Oxford-Astra Zeneca and the University of Queensland, Pfizer-BioNTech and Novavax.The Victorian Government has also supported the procurement of suitable land for Seqirus. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. 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$146 worth of merchandise recovered on Montana

first_imgHomeNewsCrime$146 worth of merchandise recovered on Montana Feb. 14, 2017 at 7:00 amCrime$146 worth of merchandise recovered on Montanaeditor4 years agocrimeCrime Watchcrime watch daily pressdaily pressSanta Monica Police Departmentsmdpsmpd On January 31, at about 3:29 p.m.Officers responded to radio call for service regarding a shoplifting suspect in custody at Pavilions Market – 820 Montana Avenue. The suspect was monitored by Loss Prevention as she selected several items from the sales floor. The suspect concealed the items in her purse. The suspect exited the store without paying for any of the items. Loss Prevention detained the suspect outside the store. Approximately $145.67 worth of merchandise was recovered from the purse. The store was desirous of prosecution. The suspect was placed under arrest without incident.Heather Luck Funderburk, 37, from Woodland Hills was arrested for petty theft. Bail was set at $500.Tags :crimeCrime Watchcrime watch daily pressdaily pressSanta Monica Police Departmentsmdpsmpdshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentSamohi senior passesDisney ends deal with YouTube star over anti-Semitic stuntYou Might Also LikeBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press15 hours agoCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author3 days agoCrimeFeaturedKnife-wielding woman arrested during L.A. Councilman’s speechGuest Author4 days agoCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author7 days agoFeaturedNewsAfter local teen’s death, parents protest Snapchat’s inaction against drug dealersClara Harter7 days agoCrimeFeaturedHomeless man loses an eye to BB gun assaultGuest Author1 week agolast_img read more