Emergency bid to contain QLD cluster

Brisbane residents will have access to urgent COVID-19 testing even when asymptomatic as fears grow over a cluster in the city. Queensland has confirmed 10 cases of the highly infectious UK COVID-19 strain, four locally acquired, plunging Greater Brisbane into a snap three-day lockdown. Federal...

Expert explains why PM is not coming across well

Prime Minister Scott Morrison struggles with his responses to the Brittany Higgins allegations and the vaccine rollout – and there’s a reason for that. Professor of Linguistics Nick Enfield, of the University of Sydney, has analysed Mr Morrison’s responses to three questions and revealed why...

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...

Move to boost domestic manufacturing

Australia is seeking to boost its domestic vaccine manufacturing capability, Health Minister Greg Hunt says. The Therapeutic Goods Administration on Tuesday night approved the first four batches, or 832,000 doses, of the locally produced AstraZeneca vaccine for supply across the country. Once manufacturing reaches capacity,...

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...

Huge vaccine news for Australia

The first batch of Australian-made doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine have been given the green light in what experts say is a “major step in Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic”. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) announced on Tuesday evening that 832,000 doses produced in...

Vaccine shortfall sparks outbreak concerns

Just a smattering of frontline paramedics have received the vaccine, leaving them vulnerable to COVID-19 if an outbreak was to occur, according to the Victorian Ambulance Union. Union head Danny Hill said an estimated 350 paramedics out of 5000 had been vaccinated in Victoria as...

Further vaccine delays expected

Heavy rainfall and mass flooding is set to cause further delays to COVID-19 vaccine deliveries across NSW with some GP clinics forced to close. Further delays are expected to vaccine deliveries across NSW as wild weather and heavy rainfall continues to lash the state. A...