Another Morrison vaccine hits the skids

From the beginning of the pandemic, Morrison Government vaccine procurement policy has been written by either carpet-baggers or idiots.

First, it sent Pfizer packing mid-last year. God only knows why. Perhaps because its shots were the most expensive.

Second, it over-committed to Astra Zeneca, a firm that has never made vaccines before. Perhaps Morrison did so because AZ shots are very cheap or because AZ has strong Liberal Party connections.

Third, Morrison over-committed to a second, backup vaccine called Novavax, which is again manufactured by a firm with ZERO experience in the area. Indeed, the firm is so small that nobody really knows much about it at all.

This is procurement policy based upon being cheap, corrupt and absent quality control. It is absolutely no wonder, then, that the mix ran into serious problems in due course.

There is good news and bad about this today. First, the good:

  • Sydney pharmacies newly introduced to the rollout are reporting strong take-up of AZ.
  • But these are very localised observations only and fresh availability may explain it anyway.
  • Or, it may just be AFR propaganda.

Hopefully, the takeup will continue. AZ is a good vaccine if not quite as effective as mRNA.

Now the bad news:

  • 51m doses of Novavax will no longer arrive in 2021. Sometime in 2022 is now the best guess.
  • The tiny firm is having all kinds of difficulties scaling production.

Hoocoodanode.

This is what happens when idiots and carpet-baggers run your country. Normally, we can pretend it doesn’t matter. Then it suddenly does.

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    • People forget that Scotty from the block, locked the borders almost immediately. And he tried securing vaccines long before anyone else, but has been stymied.

      The above (and below) is entirely dishonest. Reflects badly on the authors, not the PM.

      • Coronavirus latest news: Australia to remain closed until 2022 due to Government’s ‘colossal failure’ to buy vaccines, former PM warnsAustralia’s vaccine rollout has been “a colossal failure” because the government failed to buy enough vaccines so its borders are therefore likely to remain closed until at least early 2022, former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has said… under-fire Prime Minister Scott Morrison, had failed to buy enough vaccines, only securing enough AstraZeneca shots even though there was considerable hesitancy over that vaccine and not buying enough alternatives. “It’s the biggest failure of public administration I can recall,” said Mr Turnbull, who served as prime minister from 2015-2018 before being ousted by Mr Morrison in a party room coup. Only 16 percent of Australians aged over 16 years so far fully vaccinated…

        • So despite being the first nation (with the exception of the US) to try and secure vaccines early on in the pandemic – no one blames the real reasons why all these contracts were broken? By former “friends”…

        • What is sufficient?
          Australia initially secured 126 million doses of the various most promising vaccines – Phizer,
          A-Z and, Moderna ordered for a population of 27 million i.e. 4.6 doses per Australian resident.
          Now it is 166 million (i.e. 6.1 doses per Australian resident) made up of the following:
          Phizer – 40 million
          A-Z – 53.6 million
          Novavax – 51 million
          Moderna – 25 million

          Australia ordered more because at the time the vaccines were still under trial and, Australia will probably vaccinate our Pacific Island neighbours (Just prior to the G7 Australia announced it would provide 20 million doses to other Nations).

    • Nuovo = Italian ‘new’

      Novovax = new Vaccination and apparently better than Pfizer and Moderna at protecting against variants

      So an ace new vaccine!

  1. blacktwin997MEMBER

    ‘No Mum, use the TEASPOON for the vaccine into the bottle THEN seal with the crimper!’

  2. PalimpsestMEMBER

    There is also a lost opportunity to kick off a new sub industry with the UQ clamp technology. It seems an effective delivery mechanism and there will be a lot of demand for boosters. Some of the 4.5 bn given to businesses with increased turnover could be redirected. As it turns out it could have been re-engineered and scaled up as fast as.novovax.

  3. First, it sent Pfizer packing mid-last year. God only knows why.

    A Director at Scott Morrison’s favorite drug company AstraZeneca is former federal govt lobbyist Kieran Schneemann.

    He is the former Chief of Staff in the Liberal party.

    Before that he was John Howard’s cabinet secretary.

    Scotty sent the contract to his mate, no God needed to solve this mystery for you, David.

    • That explains a lot.
      Also, Pfizer is difficult to deliver to rural areas because it has to be kept at low temperatures. Heaven forbid that those latte sippers in the city get access to a better vaccine than their rural compatriots; it would be positively un-Australian.

    • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

      Why is this never put directly to Scotty boy, at those press conferences, by our cowardly “Journalists”?

  4. Why are we not getting any of the Janssen Pharmaceutica vaccine? Single jab would get a lot more people on board, especially those who are jabophobes.

  5. I think they gave the majority contract to whichever company made their lives easier knowing full well that there would of been too much technical advice to properly inform the decision makers.

    Astra obviously had a clear sales strategy and it went something like this “Yes Prime minister, we have the ability scale this up quickly and deliver protection to the Australian community, would you like to sign up”? Simple message, delivered to people who wanted the problem to go away.

    Pfizer probably said “Prime minister, this is incredibly complex and we will need XYZ commitments from your Government before we can sign a deal. Because its so complex you also need to pay us above odds because everyone else wants this same technology”. Complex message, requires work and still no guarantee of success.

    With credit to AstraZeneca, they have delivered on their promises. Pfizer need a new sales team who understands a bird in the hand is worth 2 in the bush. They most likely assumed the better product would win and they used fear tactics on a PM who lashes out at fear tactics.

    • On the Sunrise program Caro again claims that Phizer tried to make a deal with the Federal Government last June. Phizer came out and denied this as did the Federal Government. At the time Phizer had not even started trials of their drug.

  6. Forrest GumpMEMBER

    Second, it over-committed to Astra Zeneca, a firm that has never made vaccines before. Perhaps Morrison did so because AZ shots are very cheap or because AZ has strong Liberal Party connections.

    Its the latter
    #VaxRorts
    AZ has strong LNP connections. That’s why the PM sent Pfizer packing when they offered us a vax.
    Morrison made it a one horse race for the vax. he f*cked up

    • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

      And yet few in the media have the balls to directly call him out on this obvious reason for his rejection of Pfizer

      • On the Sunrise program Caro again claims that Phizer tried to make a deal with the Federal Government last June. Phizer came out and denied this as did the Federal Government. At the time Phizer had not even started trials of their drug.

      • Phizer was never rejected. It is much more difficult to store cannot be made locally yet Australia ordered 51 million doses.

  7. robertcMEMBER

    The last statement about mRna vaccines being more effective than the Astrazenica vaccine is not technically true.

    The Curevac mRna vaccine from Germany has around 50% effectiveness. The Indian Zydus(?) vaccine is around 66% similar to Astra Zenica

    It’s better to think of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines as being the lucky mRna candidates regarding their effectiveness, rather than the mRna tech is intrinsically superior at generating successful vaccines.

    • Correct. There were several other mRna vaccines made that were ineffective. Apparently the Sputnik V Russian vaccine is very effective, and the best is the Novavax which will now be used for Oz boosters in 2022. So we will get there as long as it doesn’t escape NSW – a big ‘if’ atm.

  8. DodgydamoMEMBER

    I hate to provide any excuse for a Scomo govt decision but the ability to locally manufacture AZ plays a big part. He should not have fobbed off Pfizer so thoroughly though… plan B could have been better. Also he should have had the AZ jab if that’s what the majority of the population were expected to take.

  9. Its almost like there is some new good story before a bad one. (Just like how we ordered another 80M doses of the Pfizer version before this was released.) We’ll probably buy another 51M Pfizer tomorrow.

      • Phizer – US$19.50 per dose
        Moderna – US $(25 – 37) per dose
        Astra Zeneca – US$4 per dose
        Johnson & HJohnson – US$10
        Novavax – US$16 per dose
        Sputnik – US$10 per dose
        Sinovac – US$30 per dose

        Then there is the distribution cost based on the difficulty of storing a vaccine – highest most likely for Phizer because it requires a much lower temperature for storage.

        Australia has ordered:
        166 million doses (i.e. 6.1 doses per Australian resident) made up of the following:
        Phizer – 40 million
        A-Z – 53.6 million
        Novavax – 51 million
        Moderna – 25 million

  10. Jumping jack flash

    “This is procurement policy based upon being cheap, corrupt and absent quality control.”

    Insert something about quality not being all that important because this is an emergency and everyone must get a vaccine as quickly as possible. There’s no time for doing or thinking about anything else. Any vaccine. Just get it. Now.

    “Oh look, this one’s made by my good mates…”

    • Not true. The vaccines used in Europe and some other countries were used under emergency measures. Australia has only used vaccines fully approved by the TGA.

  11. kierans777MEMBER

    But lets focus the news cycle on Labor backing the stage 3 tax cuts instead of the party who’s in government.

    (I despise the ALP being Liberal Lite.)

  12. I know absolutely nothing about vaccines but a heck of a lot about modern day high tech manufacturing.
    What I see happening is the typical path for a high tech startup with a hot product but zero experience with the make side of things.
    They assume that they’ve done the hard work once the product is qualified but of course that’s just when the real work begins.
    First you have the cash flow issues, you need to sell something that you don’t have so you can buy the machinery to make the product in volume.
    Second you figure out that the production machinery does not self assemble so you actually need to find someone that knows what they’re doing to put everything together and debug the equipment/assembly.
    Third you discover you’ve spent the money you got from forward sales on the wrong equipment
    Forth you get some VC capital into the loop but the VC’s F you over by selling their share to a competitor (for a huge profit) at the worst possible moment.
    Fifth you wonder why you’re even trying, everyone calls you a scammer and the big names in the industry have opened their dirty plays book and are spreading FUD which incidentally stops you hiring most of the production people that you had lined up just a month earlier.

    Yeah I’ve been there, too many times, I know this pathway like the back of my hand.

    But who is really to blame? for me it’s just the way thing are, not right not wrong just reality.