Our vaccine strategy, and our vaccine policy, had identified four vaccines that we believed — based on the scientific advice — had the potential to go through to the end of Stage 3 trials and be available here in Australia.
At no stage, can I assure you, that we believed that all four of those vaccines would likely get through that process. If that had occurred, that would have been truly extraordinary, based on the process of vaccine development not only in this country, but anywhere else. So that’s why we spread our risk. That’s why we backed important projects. And that’s why we pre-prepared to ensure that we could deal with any issues along the way.
The advice that we have received, and the National Security Committee of cabinet met this week and made the final decision yesterday, is that the University of Queensland vaccine will not be able to proceed based on the scientific advice, and that will no longer feature as part ofAustralia’s vaccine plan.
I do want to thank, though, Professor Paul Young and all the team up there atUniversity of Queensland for the amazing work that they have done in getting the vaccine to that stage.And we will continue to support and fund the work that they’re doing on molecular clamp research on vaccines, which has application in many other areas. They’re doing great work. They are amazing. I’m incredibly proud of all of our scientists for the awesome work that they’ve been doing to support us this year. And so I congratulate them and thank them for all the hard work they’ve put in this year.