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AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine to be made in Australia after TGA approval

The national medicine regulator has given a green light for the domestic production of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, paving the way for Australian-made batches to be released within days.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has given its approval for CSL to manufacture the AstraZeneca vaccine at its two Melbourne sites in Broadmeadows and Parkville.

“Today’s approval is a critical and very exciting milestone in Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the TGA said in a statement.

The approval doesn’t extend to use, with the regulator still needing to review vaccine batch documents and test doses to ensure they meet manufacturing standards.

The TGA said receipt of the final batch release documentation from AstraZeneca was anticipated “imminently”.

The national medicine regulator has given a green light for the domestic production of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, paving the way for Australian-made batches to be released within days. Credit: David Caird/AAPIMAGE

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