AstraZeneca manufacturer says production will continue into 2022

It came after reports that vaccine production would halt in Melbourne by the end of this year, due to the demand for Pfizer and Moderna.

AstraZeneca manufacturer says production will continue into 2022

The manufacturer of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine has confirmed the contract in place with the federal government will be fulfilled, and that manufacturing will go on into 2022.

It came after reports that vaccine production would halt in Melbourne by the end of this year, due to the demand for Pfizer and Moderna.

However, a CSL spokesperson told Nine's Izabella Staskowski that manufacturing would continue into next year and the full contract for 50 million doses would be met.

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Any excess jabs will go to neighbouring countries, under a decision made by the Federal Government and backed by CSL.

The safe and effective vaccine received a lot of criticism despite being approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

At one stage, Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young told people under 40 not to get the AstraZeneca vaccine, even though it was approved for use by ATAGI.

A vial and syringes of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

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The vaccine is made by biotechnology company CSL. It will likely cease production once they finish the current order and the Federal Government is unlikely to extend the contract.

"Notwithstanding the perhaps disproportionate criticism that this vaccine's reputation has experienced, we couldn't be prouder that the AstraZeneca vaccine has given protection to many millions of Australians," CSL's Chairman told investors.

"Obviously we don't want to be manufacturing something that's not going to be utilised and we will have a number of options heading into the future," Associate Professor Paul Griffin from the University of Queensland told 9News.

"It has received a lot of negative press and it's a vaccine that's proven highly effective and very safe."

Almost 12.5m (12,431,618) doses of AstraZeneca have been given to Australians, compared to 18.6m (18,591,613) vials of Pfizer and 335,378 shots of Moderna.

In February, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the locally-made vaccine would be rolled out of a Melbourne factory.

The vaccine is credited with inoculating most of the United Kingdom.

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Superstorm, tornado warning as wild weather on way for eastern states

Thunderstorms, damaging winds and hail are on their way for south east Queensland, with NSW and the ACT also set to face wild weather.

Superstorm, tornado warning as wild weather on way for eastern states

A severe storm supercell is producing heavy rain, damaging winds, hail and potentially even a tornado in south-east Queensland.

A severe weather warning has been issued for Brisbane and Moreton Bay as a powerful thunderstorm moves from Darling Downs to the southeast.

Meteorologist Jonathan Howe from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has warned tornadoes have been produced by dangerous weather cells like this one.

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"Today is tricky because there is a small scale phenomenon but the ingredients for today do line up," Mr Howe said.

"So we can't predict where exactly they will form but the environment is conducive to seeing the super cell thunderstorms which do produce their tornado events."

Even the BOM was affected when the storm started brewing this morning, with phone lines going down when the building was struck by lightning.

Specific storm warnings have been issued by the BOM for Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Dalby, Ipswich, Coolangatta, Caboolture, Cleveland, Gatton and Jimboomba.

Earlier alerts were put out for Esk, northern Lake Wivenhoe, Somerset Dam, Highvale, the D'Aguilar Ranges and Dayboro.

Loudoun Bridge near Towoomba was smashed by 51mm of rain in just an hour overnight.

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People are being warned to take place on the roads with flash flooding possible - but the rain will be welcome for farmers.

New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory also face a wet day, with storms on their way.

Earlier this week parts of south-east Queensland saw a months rain in a day.

Forecasters have warned of a La Nina weather pattern this summer which would bring more rain.

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