The Australian government has announced that it will suspend use of the AstraZeneca vaccine by October, indicating that it has a sufficient supply of other vaccines to vaccinate the entire population by the end of the year.
On Wednesday, the federal government in Australia released a revised planning document outlining how it intends to direct vaccine supplies for the rest of the year.
The document, titled National Vaccine Allocation Prospects, proposes continuing the AstraZeneca vaccination process in July and August and providing up to 2.6 million doses each week for those over the age of 60. With vaccinations nearing completion for this age group, AstraZeneca will only be used “on demand” from October.
According to the document, the supply of the “Moderna” vaccine in the “Horizon 2” phase, which begins in September, is about 125,000 doses per week, and by this stage, Pfizer’s supply will increase with the availability of up to 1.3 million doses per week, an increase from 750,000 A weekly dose is available in July and August.
Pfizer’s supply is expected to increase again by the end of the year to between 1.7 million and 2.3 million doses per week, as the government races to make good on its pledge to vaccinate all of its citizens by the end of 2021.
Source: “The Guardian”