Australia signs deal with AstraZeneca for possible COVID-19 vaccine

first_img“Under this deal we have secured early access for every Australian,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in an emailed statement.”If this vaccine proves successful we will manufacture and supply vaccines straight away under our own steam and make it free for 25 million Australians.”Countries around the world are looking to secure supplies of Astrazeneca’s potential vaccine. Most recently Argentina and Mexico said last week they would produce it for much of Latin America.Morrison, however, cautioned that while AstraZeneca’s candidate is showing early promise, there was no guarantee it would materialize as an effective tool in preventing COVID-19. Australia has signed a deal with drugmaker AstraZeneca to secure a potential COVID-19 vaccine, the Prime Minister said on Tuesday, joining a growing list of countries lining up supplies of the drug.AstraZeneca’s candidate is seen as a frontrunner in the global race to deliver an effective vaccine against the coronavirus that has killed more than 770,000 people and infected nearly 22 million, according to a Reuters tally.With several countries moving to secure supplies that some fear may lead to a global shortage, Australia said it had signed a letter of intent with AstraZeneca to produce and distribute enough doses for its population. Once heralded as a global leader in combating COVID-19, Australia has seen a surge of new infections in the past month. Yet its tally of nearly 24,000 cases and 438 deaths is still far fewer than many other developed nations.Morrison said Australia is also committed to ensuring early access to a vaccine for Pacific countries, which are increasingly wooed by China, much to Canberra’s concern.Earlier, Australia’s biggest biotech company CSL Ltd said it was in talks with AstraZeneca to determine if the potential COVID-19 vaccine being developed by the British drugmaker could be manufactured locally.In addition to pressing ahead with securing a potential vaccine, Australia said it had also signed a A$24.7 million ($17.9 million) deal with U.S. medical technology company Becton Dickinson to buy 100 million needles and syringes.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Kindred moves to new Stockholm HQ with commitment to hiring 250 new employees

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Share Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk  August 10, 2020 Henrik Tjärnström – KindredKindred Group Plc has today moved to its new ‘state-of-the-art’ headquarters, located at the ‘AMF Urban Escape’ building in Central Stockholm.First announced in November 2017, Kindred’s relocation sees 350 Stockholm employees staffed in a purpose built, innovation-enabling 7,000 sqm office designed by AMF Fastigheter.Kindred has taken over two floors at the Urban Escape’s ‘Regeringsgatan 29 building’ starting April 8th, with other tenants in the new tech cluster including EQT, Netlight, and Microsoft.Updating stakeholders, Kindred Group Chief Executive Henrik Tjärnström, marked the office relocation as a major corporate milestone and operational initiative completed.“It is very exciting to finally move into new premises in the middle of Stockholm where we can continue to grow at a fast pace. Since the birth of Kindred more than 20 years ago, it has been important for us to create a work environment that reflects our culture and our values”.Further, to the office relocation, Tjärnström and Kindred governance outlined the betting group’s commitment to hiring a further 250 employees, consolidating its position as one of Stockholm’s largest tech employers.“We are in an expansive phase right now and the new premises will allow us to grow rapidly. Several hundred new employees will be recruited to the Stockholm office in order for Kindred to secure its position as a digital gambling company at the forefront of technology development and sustainability”, Henrik Tjärnström, detailed to media. Submit Sharelast_img read more