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We need a more proactive plan to deal with coming infectious threats

By Sarah Newton
September 8 2021 - 7:25pm
Australia needs its own mRNA vaccine production facilities. Picture: Shutterstock

Last weekend, the Biden White House announced its $US65 billion Apollo Plan. Named after the moon missions, the aim is to create a full-time centralised office with the purpose of rapidly identifying emerging threats and co-ordinating the US government's response. Importantly, $US24 billion is allocated to developing, testing and manufacturing new vaccines for a broad range of viral threats, with almost $US12 billion earmarked for developing therapeutics, and $US5 billion for diagnostic tests - with the remainder used to, among other things, build capacity for manufacturing vital supplies.

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