AstraZeneca makes ‘business decision’ to pull COVID-19 vaccine from Australia and EU

Vaxzevria had already been withdrawn from Australia's COVID-19 vaccine program.
Former Minister for Health Greg Hunt was among the first Australians to be administered Vaxzevria. Picture: Twitter.

The TGA has withdrawn approval for COVID-19 vaccine Vaxzevria on the request of its sponsor, AstraZeneca.

It finally closes a complex and controversial chapter in Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, which was initially structured around Vaxzevria: a viral vector vaccine and the only COVID-19 vaccine that Australia could manufacture onshore.