CANBERRA, Sept. 12 (Reuters) – Australia has bought another 1 million doses of modernas (MRNA.O) European Union’s COVID-19 vaccine, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, as the country accelerates its vaccination program to: fight record high infections.
The purchase is a boost for Australia’s A$2 Trillion ($1.5 Trillion) economy, that’s on risk of slip away in to be second recession in as many years as one result of incarcerations of the country’s two most populous cities, Sydney and Melbourne.
These lockdowns will remain up to 70% of the country is almost 26 million population are fully vaccinated, which is not expected until the end of October.
But Morrison said the million doses will… arrive later this week. Australia has ordered 25 million vaccines from Moderna.
“Some good news Today. AN family dosed dose of heap for our vaccination program,” Morrison told reporters in Sydney.
The purchase comes as Australia grapples with an outbreak in to checkers of the easily transferable Delta variant, with daily infections on Saturday above 2,000 fallen for the first time.
Australia has registered 73,610 cases of COVID-19 since it begin of the pandemic. The death toll rose met 7 to 1,091.
Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales, reported on On Sunday 1,262 locally contracted COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, down of 1,599 infections registered a day earlier.
Neighbor Victoria reported 392 infections met COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, down something out of 450 recorded cases in the state of the day before.
Meanwhile, Queensland, Australia’s third most populous state, said: on Sunday not need to order a lock after it is detected zero COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours.
The state on Saturday reported five cases of COVID-19, with state prime minister Annastacia Palaszczuk warning that a lockdown could be necessary to stop the spread of the virus.
However, the state said the testing was yet to detect any further cases, leaving the need for such a measure.
“Were not out of the forest still, but this is the best result we could have hoped for on this point in the outbreak,” Queensland Deputy Prime Minister Steven Miles told reporters in Brisbane.
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