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Palaszczuk confirms vaccine trial has been ‘abandoned’
Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has confirmed that the CSL/University of Queensland vaccine trials have been abandoned. She told ABC News breakfast that it was devastating news.
I think we’re very, very disappointed but of course there’s been a number of companies right throughout the world and universities teaming up to come up with a vaccine in such a short period of time. Of course we’re disappointed and now all eyes are looking at what is happening in the UK with the rollout of their vaccine. And of course I think the Australian government and every leader at state and territory is watching closely the outcomes of what is happening in the UK.
However she would not confirm why the trials were suspended, saying that would be one for the researchers to confirm.
I will leave that to the experts to talk about. I’ve just been advised yesterday, late afternoon, that the trial has to be abandoned. But I will let the experts talk about that in more detail.
Some details on the timing of information today about the CSL/UQ vaccine.
Before 8am, there will be a statement from CSL on the Australian Stock Exchange.
At 8am, prime minister Scott Morrison and federal health department secretary, Prof Brendan Murphy will hold a press conference. About the same time, CSL will issue a press release.
And at 9am, CSL will hold a press briefing.
Trials of the Australian-led coronavirus vaccine in development by the University of Queensland and pharmaceutical company CSL will not go ahead because some participants returned aberrant results, the Sydney Morning Herald has reported.
CSL is expected to make an announcement to the Australian Stock Exchange this morning.
The University of Queensland has abandoned planned third stage clinical trials of the vaccine, the SMH said. The Australian government had already signed a billion dollar deal to buy 50 million doses of the virus.
We’ll bring you more details as soon as they’re to hand.
Premiers and chief ministers will fly into Canberra today to hold the first in-person meeting of national cabinet. Except for WA premier Mark McGowan, who is dialling in to avoid contact with SA premier Steven Marshall. The west still considers SA to be a coronavirus hotspot.
On the agenda negotiating a national agreement on roll-out of a coronavirus vaccine, border rules, and further reopening. We’ll have more details on that via Katharine Murphy in a moment.
Also on Scott Morrison’s agenda today is a meeting of Pacific nations ahead of a global leaders’ climate ambition summit on the weekend. Morrison has still not been given a speaking spot.
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Source: The Guardian
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