Thursday, 18 February 2021
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.