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Australian coronavirus cases near 10 million

The total number of Covid-19 cases identified in Australia since the start of the pandemic is closing in on 10 million, with close to 13,000 deaths since the pandemic emerged in early 2020.

August 16, 2022
By Kaitlyn Offer
16 August 2022

Australia could register its 10 millionth case of Covid-19 by the end of August.

The nation is also closing in on 13,000 deaths from coronavirus since the pandemic began in early 2020.

As of Tuesday, the total number of cases racked up since early 2020 is 9.82 million, including 19,646 recorded in the previous 24 hours with data still to come for the Northern Territory. 

The national death toll stands at 12,959, including 73 fatalities announced so far on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Australian Medical Association says the decision to set up a Moderna mRNA vaccination production factory in Melbourne will be an asset in years ahead.

The factory will be based at Melbourne’s Monash University under a 10-year deal signed by the Victorian and federal governments.

Up to 100 million mRNA vaccine doses will be produced annually under the manufacturing partnership signed by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews on Monday.

ANTHONY ALBANESE MONASH UNIVERSITY VISIT Canberra and Victoria have inked a vaccination deal as Australia nears 10 million COVID-19 cases.
Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews have signed a vaccination deal as Australia nears 10 million COVID-19 cases. (AAP/Joel Carrett)

Moderna will also set up its headquarters and a regional research centre in Victoria.

The factory will be the only Moderna facility of its kind in the southern hemisphere and the first to be based at a university.

AMA president Steve Robson said Australians may have noticed shortages of critical medications and health supplies recently, due to global supply chain issues.

Health authorities are recommending residents resume wearing face masks indoors as Covid-19 infections begin to rise again across Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

“The AMA is very interested in improving sovereign capacity to manufacture so many surgical supplies and medications and things right here,” Professor Robson said.

“We could be a hub for the Pacific, so the idea that we’re manufacturing vaccines here is fantastic and we hope it expands to lots of other critical medical things for Australians’ health.”

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