Australia’s first shipment of the Novavax COVID vaccine has arrived in Sydney.
There were three million doses of the vaccine on board a flight from Singapore and they are to be distributed through GP and pharmacy networks in the coming weeks.
Authorities hope the arrival of the new vaccine will encourage one million unvaccinated Australians to take up the jab.
The federal government has purchased 51 million doses of the protein-based vaccine, which is made using traditional vaccine methods, unlike the mRNA technology used to produce Pfizer and Moderna.
Two doses of the vaccine are recommended to be taken three weeks apart and will be available from February 21.