An electron microscope image of the 2019-nCoV virus from the US National Institutes of Health. Picture: NIAID-RML via AP
An electron microscope image of the 2019-nCoV virus from the US National Institutes of Health. Picture: NIAID-RML via AP

PM announces $2m for coronavirus vaccine

The federal government will give $2 million to Australian researchers to develop a vaccine for coronavirus.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the cash pool for grants this morning at the Peter Doherty Institute in Melbourne where experts have been working to understand and respond to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Researchers from across the country will be able to apply for money from the Medical Research Future Fund in hope of developing a coronavirus vaccine and for research into it.

An electron microscope image of the 2019-nCoV virus from the US National Institutes of Health. Picture: NIAID-RML via AP
An electron microscope image of the 2019-nCoV virus from the US National Institutes of Health. Picture: NIAID-RML via AP

 

Mr Morrison said one of the reasons Australia had been able to contain the spread of coronavirus was because of its extraordinary scientists and institutes such as Doherty, the National Incident Room, the National Medical Stockpile and the National Trauma Centre.

"Right now, this research is helping to protect and save lives in Australia, by allowing us to test early," he said.

"It means that we can find and isolate cases which helps with the quarantine so we have our border measures, but we also have our internal measures. And these two things come together. "And that's why we're contributing to the funding for a vaccine, to look at the next stage going forwards."

 

 

The open and competitive grant opportunity will complement the world-leading work already undertaken by the Doherty Institute, CSIRO and University of Queensland and their collaboration.

Information will be available on GrantConnect soon at https://www.grants.gov.au

 


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