The first million doses will arrive in Australia at the end of September and 10 million injections of Moderna are scheduled to be delivered in Australia this year, Health Minister Greg Hunt said.
Australia has a shortage of the Pfizer vaccine and a glut of locally manufactured AstraZeneca, which many refuse to take due to the slight risk of blood clotting. The states of New South Wales and Victoria, where cities are on lockdown due to virus outbreaks, have stocks of more than a million unwanted doses of AstraZeneca, media reported.
Only 22% of adults among an Australian population of 26 million people had been fully vaccinated on Monday. The government hopes to have provided a vaccine to every Australian adult who wants one before the end of the year.