UQ trial cancellation disappointing but not the end of the road
The joint decision by the Federal Government and the University of Queensland to cancel further work on the UQ-CSL COVID-19 vaccine is a setback, but not a failure, Dr Moy said this week.
The decision to cancel the project was announced early on Friday morning. Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Health Minister Greg Hunt held a press conference at 8am to thank the UQ researchers for their efforts, and announce that the Government had secured a further 21 million doses from other trials.
Dr Moy said the cancellation showed that the system was working.
“What people are watching for the first time is what normally happens [in vaccine development], that you are going through Phase 1, 2, 3 trials,” he told Sky News.
“What you are seeing is the way that the trialling and safety checks of medications and immunisations happens. This is the system working.”