Australian made jabs ‘for the future’.
NEW VACCINE DEAL
Queensland is increasing its status as “a major international hub” for vaccines, with a new deal signed in collaboration with a leading U.S. college to develop “groundbreaking” next-generation vaccines at home.
The University of Queensland has struck the critical deal with Atlanta’s Emory University, a private research university and healthcare system operator, who works alongside the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to “manage the world’s deadliest disease outbreaks”.
“This partnership will make Brisbane a centre for the Asia-Pacific region and a significant player in the burgeoning global biomedical industry,” UQ Vice-Chancellor Deborah Terry says.
“The focus will be on rapid progression to clinical trial of a scaled-up number of vaccine candidates for the treatment of Asia-Pacific region viruses and infectious diseases, along with pandemic preparedness.”
The agreement builds on a longstanding collaboration for “drug discovery” between Emory University, UQ and QIMR Berghofer, which has also been renewed for the next 10 years.
“Biotech companies from around the world will be able to come to Brisbane to take advantage of the facilities already established and work with the 300-plus researchers associated with the Emory and UQ partnership,” Prof Terry said.
Right here in our own backyard. Goodie! (sarcasm).
The university says this “is a crucial step” in getting new vaccine candidates “from the lab to the community in the shortest possible time”.
This new deal comes just months after the same university announced plans for a world-leading ‘research hub’ to expand on the new emergence of mRNA technology.
THE QUEENSLAND ‘REVOLUTION’
The partnership follows the QLD government’s agreement with international vaccine manufacturer, Sanofi, to establish a $280 million ‘Translational Science Hub’ with UQ and Griffith University.
The hub, which will involve scientists from both universities, is expected to create roughly 200 jobs within the research and clinical trials ecosystem, dedicated to ‘improving mRNA technology’.
In Australia, Sanofi is a major supplier of 17 vaccines with seven on the National Immunisation Program (NIP). The company has 50-plus medicines on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and six rare disease therapies on the Life Saving Drugs Program.
Deputy Premier Steven Miles said that these partnerships would allow Queensland ‘to take a more significant share in the world’s multibillion-dollar biomedical sector’.
We’re cashing in, baby!
“Partnerships like this one are why Queensland is fast becoming a global research and innovation hub, driving the development of groundbreaking new vaccines and healthcare solutions.“
Meanwhile, perhaps there is a deeper agenda at play here.
One in relation to a certain QLD Premier and her father’s genetic data storage company..
Or, perhaps that’s just a ‘conspiracy theory’.
‘Nothing to see here, folks’.
Whatever is set to ’emerge’ in the future, Queensland will have us covered!
What did they say in the release again? “From the lab to the community”?
Just as Australia upstaged the world on heinous lockdowns, we are going to show them just how good we are with rapid vaccine development and deployment moving forward.
Maybe we should get the army to run the program again while we’re at it!
One thing is for sure, my sleeves will remain firmly down.
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