What we know about AstraZeneca vaccine

The first vials of AstraZeneca’s Australian-made COVID-19 vaccine were released on Wednesday marking a major milestone in the country’s vaccination program. But experts this week accused the British-Swedish drug company of cherrypicking data in the latest release of figures about the vaccine’s effectiveness. The use...

Europe’s third Covid wave – podcast

A third wave of coronavirus infections is now raging across Europe, with the British variant (B117) dominating new infections. The World Health Organization said the number of cases on the continent had risen on average by 12% in a week, but in some countries the...

Export brawl leaves Australia high and dry

European leaders are locking down coveted supplies of the AstraZeneca vaccine, with fears growing Australia will likely never see the more than three million doses it ordered from the continent. The European Union yesterday tightened vaccine export controls in a bid to ramp up its...

Surprise group risks vaccine side effect

As Australia’s first doses of locally manufactured AstraZeneca vaccine are rolled out, one group may be at risk of blood clots. The first vials of AstraZeneca’s Australian-made COVID-19 vaccine were released on Wednesday marking a major milestone in the country’s vaccination program. But experts this...

White House staffers fired for drug use

Five staffers who recently joined the White House have had their employment cut short after being fired for prior cannabis use, despite changes to policies that forbid past drug users from working at the White House. The White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed five...