Australian government announces Covid vaccine deals to provide 84.8m doses

Scott Morrison was criticised in August for announcing a heads of agreement had been signed with AstraZeneca before a final deal was secured

Australia will buy 84.8m vaccine doses at a cost of $1.7bn if two promising Covid-19 vaccine candidates prove successful, under deals for free access for Australians negotiated by the Morrison government.

The deals promising onshore manufacture of the University of Oxford vaccine by AstraZeneca and the University of Queensland vaccine by CSL will be announced by Scott Morrison with the health minister, Greg Hunt, and the science minister, Karen Andrews, on Monday.

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