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Melbourne-made vaccine approved as Victoria records another day without COVID-19

Victoria has recorded yet another day without a local case of COVID-19, as more than 800,000 doses of the Melbourne-made AstraZeneca vaccine were approved for distribution.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration on Tuesday approved the release of the first four batches of the AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by CSL-Seqirus in Melbourne – a total of 832,200 doses.

The locally made AstraZeneca vaccine has been approved for distribution.

The locally made AstraZeneca vaccine has been approved for distribution. Credit:AP

It will be the largest delivery of a single vaccine received so far in Australia.

The TGA has to approve each batch of vaccines before they can be distributed, including the Pfizer vaccine being rolled out in aged care facilities across the country.

“The TGA’s clearance of the vaccine for local manufacture is a major step in Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the regulator said in a statement.

The vaccine is being manufactured at CSL’s facility in Broadmeadows and packed in Parkville.

Victoria recorded its 26th consecutive day without a local COVID-19 infection on Wednesday, after 19,731 tests were processed on Tuesday.

Coronavirus restrictions are set to ease further in Victoria on Friday, with masks no longer mandatory when shopping at supermarkets, hardware stores and large shopping centres.

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