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Update to Australia’s COVID-19 vaccination strategy announced 8 April 2021
We respect the decision taken by the Australian Government based on advice from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) to preference an alternative to AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine in people under the age of 50. https://www.tga.gov.au/media-release/astrazeneca-chadox1-s-covid-19-vaccine
In the updated recommendation from ATAGI we note their view that the risk-versus-benefit assessment for the use of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine may be different for Australia compared to other countries, such as those with widespread transmission.
AstraZeneca remains committed to supporting the rollout of the vaccination strategy in Australia, and confident that our vaccine has an important role in protecting Australians from the virus.
Overall, regulatory agencies have reaffirmed the vaccine offers protection against all severities of COVID-19 and that these benefits continue to outweigh the risks.
Patient safety remains AstraZeneca’s highest priority and we continue to support regulators in Australia and overseas. Tens of millions of people have now received our vaccine across the globe. The extensive body of data from two large clinical datasets and real-world evidence demonstrate its effectiveness, reaffirming the role the vaccine can play during this public health crisis. Our global commitment remains to play an important role in addressing the current global health emergency posed by COVID-19 by providing a safe and effective vaccine, at no profit during the pandemic.
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Please contact your doctor or healthcare professional for advice on medicines or any health-related matter as AstraZeneca is unable to provide medical advice to consumers.
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AstraZeneca Australia is part of the global science-led biopharmaceutical company, AstraZeneca. We are engaged in the research, development, manufacture and supply of medicines that aim to make a real difference to the lives of Australians.
We focus on three main therapeutic areas; Oncology; Respiratory, Inflammation and Autoimmunity (RIA); Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases (CVMD). We build our own capabilities by collaborating with world-renowned scientists and academic institutions, and partner with like-minded, science-led companies. At AstraZeneca Australia, we have been working to deliver the best value to patients for more than 50 years, and our vision is to make the most meaningful difference to the lives of Australian patients ensuring Australians have access to our innovative medicines. We are also active in the Infection, Neuroscience and Gastrointestinal (ING) disease areas.
Our purpose and values help explain why we exist, what we hope to accomplish, the behaviours we value, how we will achieve our goals, and the promise of our brand to our stakeholders.
We are focused on returning to growth through science-led innovation
We are focusing our science on our main therapy areas and accelerating our pipeline. We are also transforming our way of working.
We are focusing on our growth platforms and transforming the business through specialty care, devices and biologics. Targeted business development reinforces our efforts.
We are evolving our culture and simplifying our business. We want to attract and retain the best talent.