Southland Community Health Minister Daniel Andrews told a media briefing a new vaccine for the new coronavirus was in early stage development and hoped to be available by the end of the year.
The South Australian state has reported 18 coronavirus infections and 1 death.
We believe well have an effective vaccine by the end of the year Andrews said without providing details.
The Mercury News daily reported at least 100 people have contracted the virus in the Gold Coast state and authorities are working to identify emergency hotspots to impregnate vulnerable groups such as prison staff.
The vaccine it will be out by the end of the year Andrews said.
He said people would need to wait until the vaccine was ready to use.
South Australia which has a population of around 6. 3 million has recorded 43 cases 30 deaths and 29 cases of its virus with no deaths linked to a cruise liner quarantined in Darwin.
On Tuesday a raft of authorities launched a vaccination campaign recruiting 10000 people to target four communities – two in every 100 of those infections have been in children.
While the government will pay for each bout of vaccination people are trading in donated blood plasma to help others.
With the procedure for gathering plasma from patients being completed the health department said it was now processing 700 plasma donors a day.
More than 5000 people donated blood solidifying a natural blood shortage in South Australia.
Hopefully something will happen in 2018 when we hope to have something going at least to start to stimulate the immune system Andrews said.
Australias federal government on Monday rolled out new measures to combat COVID-19 extending the effect of national lockdowns until the end of 2021.
South Australia which has a population of about 13 million and which until Friday had imposed its state of emergency moved quickly to reduce the number of people in isolation.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said some hospitals would start preparing for a cross-border surge in patients with coronavirus.
States must spotlight new steps to curb police quarantine while hospitals said they would stop dealing with sick youngsters until the end of September.
Roads leading to Victoria state to reopen from Sept. 1 are like one of those where authorities have to build a six-lane bridge just for pedestrians.
Home to about 1. 8 million people Victoria accounts for nearly 80 of Australias COVID-19 infections and 90 of its deaths.(Interactive graphic tracking global spread of coronavirus: open tmsnrt.rs3aIRuz7 in an external browser.)