The UK just approved a COVID-19 vaccine – so why not Australia?

Australia won’t introduce the vaccine until March next year.

Health Secretary Greg Hunt (Image: AAP / James Ross)

The UK regulator has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use across the UK, making it the first country to do so. The vaccinations will start early next week.

In Australia, Health Secretary Greg Hunt has retried approval for a vaccine that is not expected to be completed until January. The vaccinations will be introduced from March.

Where are we going?

Pfizer’s is one of four vaccines that the Australian government has bought. 10 million cans are secured. Two doses are needed for each person.

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