Plan for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to be made in Melbourne

The Victorian government is committing $50 million to the project to manufacture mRNA vaccines

Australia could become the first country in the southern hemisphere to manufacture mRNA coronavirus vaccines, with the Victorian government committing $50 million to the project.

Acting Premier James Merlino said the funds would help establish a facility able to manufacture coronavirus vaccines, such as those produced by Pfizer and Moderna, in Melbourne. 

He said mRNA vaccines, which contain genetic code from a virus rather than the virus itself, were highly effective and can be