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Govt 'cautiously hopeful' of Australian-made COVID-19 vaccine

Govt ‘cautiously hopeful’ of Australian-made COVID-19 vaccine

The federal government has announced it will invest $66 million into vaccine research and antiviral medications, in an attempt to ensure Australia is better prepared in the event of another pandemic. Health Minister Greg Hunt told Sky News five million will go directly to the University of Queensland, whose molecular clamp project has been identified as a “world leading candidate” to develop a COVID-19 vaccine. “We are cautiously hopeful, there are no guarantees, but we are cautiously hopeful,” he said. “There are over 100 vaccine candidates worldwide, there are six primary candidates in Australia, of which the University of Queensland has been identified by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations as being one of the world leading candidates “Either way though we are going to fight to give Australians the best protection.” “Whether it is through a vaccine … or through the treatments and the respiratory medicines, where we are increasingly hopeful where there will be different treatments that may provide better prevention or better response.” Over 6 million people worldwide have contracted the novel coronavirus COVID-19, resulting in at least 375,000 deaths.