Please Explain podcast: Are we close to securing a COVID-19 vaccine?

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The government has invested in two more projects seeking a coronavirus vaccine, to secure another 50 million doses. Last week it announced deals with Novavax and Pfizer/BioNTech, in addition to agreements already in place for the University of Oxford and University of Queensland vaccines.

Pfizer/BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine trials have been welcomed by experts, prompting renewed calls for Australia to invest in new types of vaccine manufacturing technology.

This week an interim analysis of the vaccine’s phase three study was announced. The companies found it was more than 90 per cent effective in protecting participants.

In this episode, senior journalist Jacqueline Maley is joined by healthcare reporter Emma Koehn to discuss Australia's investment in coronavirus vaccines and mRNA technology.

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