MIPS researchers shine a light on the gap in national manufacturing capability of COVID vaccine
Monash University researchers have been featured in Australian media outlets as the global race to produce a vaccine against COVID-19 speeds up.
Professor Colin Pouton, Dr Harry Al-Wassiti and Dr Estelle Suys from Monash’s Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS) in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences produced Australia’s first known mRNA vaccine candidates. Professor Pouton says that Australia should be ready to manufacture mRNA vaccines locally under licence, rather than wait in turn for supply.
He’s spoken to The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, ABC 7.30 with Dr Norman Swan, and the Australian Financial Review about the urgent need for a rapid response system using mRNA vaccine, not just for COVID-19, but also for other viruses that could emerge in the future throughout the region.