Australia will commit US$137 million (A$220 million) to upgrade and repurpose the facilities of the Australian Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong, Victoria as the new Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness. The Centre will focus on animal and zoonotic infections, bringing together animal and human disease protection and biosecurity responses. The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness innovations (CEPI) has provided additional funds.
The facility, run by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Organisation (CSIRO), is currently the only physical containment level 4 laboratory in the southern hemisphere. CSIRC recently commenced the first stage of testing potential COVID- 19 vaccines.