What Are Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines and

What Are Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines and When Is It Coming to Australia?


Both vaccines have effectiveness levels nearing to 95%. They apply synthetic mRNA technology to stimulate our immune system to produce antibodies that combat against the coronavirus as soon as it penetrates the body (mRNA - a technology that activates an immune response using genetic material).

Internationally, the vaccines will be administered on a priority basis for people most at risk to the virus such as the aged population or immunocompromised. It is also given on the first basis for people in high-exposed professions on the forefront of the pandemic battle such as health care workers. Vaccination doses are already being given in the UK and the US.

On December 26, news.com.au © 2020, reported that Australia is likely to be administering new vaccine shots by early 2021.

With careful assessments carried with advice from Science and Industry Technical Advisory Group,  Australia has entered into 04 separate agreements for the supply of COVID-19 vaccines, if they are proved to be safe and effective. They include the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, the AstraZeneca/University of Oxford vaccine, the Novavax vaccine, and the COVAX Facility (an enabler organising entry to a substantial group of COVID-19 vaccine candidates and producers across the world irrespective of a country’s wealth).

As per information published by the Department of Health, the Australian Government has taken significant measures to strengthen Australia's capacity to retrieve reliable and successful vaccines when they develop and get available. An investment of more than $3.3 billion was made through the above 04 agreements, and another $363 million to support the research and development to find successful treatments to stop the COVID-19 spread entirely. 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) urges that in addition to getting vaccinated people still should wear masks and maintain social distancing to help lower chances of getting infected or spreading the virus to others.

By Dr. Govind Kotha | Family First General Practice | Franklin, ACT