A batch of vaccines and the development kit for the next batch of coronavirus vaccines has been delayed because of the country’s ongoing lockdown.
The vaccines, developed by the US firm GlaxoSmithKline, have been pushed back from March 28, the date of Australia’s federal election.
The development kit is a critical component of the development of the vaccine, which has been under development since the first vaccine was given in November last year.
It was originally scheduled to be made public this month.
But the Department of Health announced that the production line would not be running on April 14.
The department has now confirmed that the vaccine is now being delayed until June 15.
“The manufacturing plant will continue to operate as normal until June,” a spokesperson for the department told ABC Radio National on Thursday.
The delay is the latest in a series of events that have delayed the development, which is expected to be ready for distribution in early May.
The decision to delay the release of the vaccines was the result of concerns about the potential for the virus to spread in Australia, with the Government saying there is a need to ensure Australians do not become infected.
A number of people in the United States have tested positive for the new coronaviruses, with three people in New York state and one in Texas, confirmed to be infected.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned that if a pandemic occurs in the US, many people will be susceptible to contracting the new strain of the virus.
It has also emerged that Australian police are concerned about the spread of the new virus, with some police forces telling staff to remain home and remain vigilant.
It is not the first time the country has faced a delay in making the vaccines.
Last year, the government delayed the coronaviral vaccine from October and the first batch of vaccine from November.
The latest batch of vaccinations is expected for a November release, although the vaccines will not come out until June.
“There is a lot of concern from the public that we will not have the vaccines until after the federal election,” Health Minister Sussan Ley told ABC News on Wednesday.
“It is going to be very hard to have the coronaval vaccine at the same time as we have the new vaccines.”