Senate debates

Thursday, 18 February 2021


COVID-19: Vaccine

12:11 pm

Photo of Nick McKimNick McKim (Tasmania, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

I, and also on behalf of Senator Siewert, move:

That the Senate calls on the Government to:

(a)   develop a publicly owned manufacturing facility that enables Australia to produce mRNA vaccines and drugs locally;

(b)   continue to diversify Australia's vaccine portfolio by securing a deal with Moderna;

(c)   increase Commonwealth Serum Laboratories' capacity to produce Novavax at the same time as AstraZeneca given the promising results from Phase 3 clinical trials;

(d)   ensure that vaccines are given to maximise their efficacy; and

(e)   support our neighbours in the Pacific region to have timely and adequate access to COVID-19 vaccines recognising none of us are safe until all of us are safe.


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