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Aussie children as young as six months old to be given Covid jabs in WEEKS 

Australian children from six months get Covid shots in WEEKS

  • Young Aussie bubs may gain access to Moderna Covid vaccines
  • The move to vaccinate children between six months and five years old could be in weeks
  • Federal Health Secretary Mark Butler supports Royal Commission in pandemic
  • He said a ‘very deep look’ is needed on the response to ‘learn lessons’
  • Aussies expected to gain access to combined flu and Covid admission by 2024
  • Moderna’s multi-million dollar hub will be bigger than expected on Victorian site

Australian children aged five and under could qualify for a COVID-19 vaccination within weeks, the federal government has confirmed.

Federal Health Secretary Mark Butler says the Therapeutic Goods Administration is considering an application from drug maker Moderna to allow its vaccines to be given to children aged six months to five years.

“If approved by the TGA, that will go to our vaccine advisory group to consider how this should be rolled out to the community, so I expect it to be in a matter of weeks,” said Mr Butler. told reporters in Canberra on Tuesday.

Young babies (pictured) could have access to the Moderna Covid vaccine within weeks

Young babies (pictured) could have access to the Moderna Covid vaccine within weeks

Federal Health Secretary Mark Butler (pictured) said the TGA is considering an application to make the shot available to these young children

Federal Health Secretary Mark Butler (pictured) said the TGA is considering an application to make the shot available to these young children

Earlier, Mr Butler told ABC radio it would be “unthinkable” not to hold a royal commission for the country’s pandemic response.

“The amount of money spent, the death, the disruption. We know there will be a very long tail of mental and physical misery heading our way in the coming years,” he said.

‘It would be unthinkable not to look very deeply into how we have reacted to that and draw lessons from that.’

He said any investigation should be conducted over the next three years.

Meanwhile, Australians will have access to a single vaccine for COVID-19 and flu by 2024 as clinical trials begin.

The combined injection for flu, COVID-19 and respiratory virus RSV was in early testing, with trials set to begin later this year, said Paul Burton, Moderna’s chief medical officer.

An injection specially combined for flu and Covid will be available in 2024 while clinical trials are underway

An injection specially combined for flu and Covid will be available in 2024 while clinical trials are underway

dr. Burton expects combined vaccines to be key to fighting respiratory disease in the wake of the pandemic and adapting to multiple strains within a single season.

He said bringing together and adapting vaccines would be the future as the world would consider diseases other than COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Australia’s multi-billion dollar mRNA production hub will be bigger than initially expected.

The first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, the facility was announced in March by the Morrison government as part of an agreement with Moderna.

The site finding had reached its final stages and a venue would be announced in a few weeks, said Michael Azrak, managing director of Moderna Australia.

“It has taken a little longer than we expected as we are going to build a bigger facility than we expected,” he told Sky News.

The pharmaceutical giant wanted to make the first move on the Victorian site before the end of the year, Azrak said.

It will be operational by the end of 2024, subject to drug regulatory approval.

A new Moderna vaccine production facility in Australia will be larger than initially expected and should be operational at a Victoria site by the end of 2024 - pending regulatory approval

A new Moderna vaccine production facility in Australia will be larger than initially expected and should be operational at a Victoria site by the end of 2024 – pending regulatory approval

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