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Australia secures access to potential coronavirus vaccine, will give it free to all citizens

Australia announced that it secured a deal to a promising coronavirus vaccine from AstraZeneca and Oxford University. 

"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," Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

According to him, vaccinations most likely to be mandatory as the country has so far recorded 450 deaths and almost 24,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

While the deal is still in early stage with the cost of the vaccine for the entire population has not been fixed, the country has also signed a deal to supply 100 million needles and syringes from American pharma.

"There are always exemptions for any vaccine on medical grounds, but that should be the only basis," he told in an interview.

"We are talking about a pandemic that has destroyed the global economy and taken the lives of hundreds of thousands all around the world, and over 430 Australians here."

Meanwhile, the United States has made a deal with AstraZeneca for 300 million doses. Other countries that have also made a deal are Russia, South Korea, Japan, China, Brazil and European countries - according to reports. 

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