First Moderna doses to arrive in Australia
Australia will add a third weapon to its coronavirus vaccine arsenal when the first Moderna doses arrive in the country.
The first shipment will arrive in Sydney on Friday night before being distributed to states and territories next week.
Moderna doses will undergo the same Therapeutic Goods Administration batch testing as all other COVID-19 vaccines on arrival.
Moderna, like Pfizer, is an mRNA vaccine meaning it uses genetic information from the virus to trigger an immune response.
It will be primarily available in pharmacies across Australia with all people aged 12 to 59 eligible for the two-dose course.
Large-scale clinical trials have shown adults with both doses were about 94 per cent less likely to become ill from coronavirus than unvaccinated people.
A gap of four to six weeks between doses is recommended for maximum effectiveness.
Moderna will also be administered through workplace vaccination programs which are primarily expected to use Pfizer.
Australia has an agreement for 25 million Moderna doses including 10 million of the current vaccine and 15 million booster shots.