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NSW plans to manufacture key technology used to make Covid-19 vaccines

NSW plans to manufacture key technology used to make Covid-19 vaccines

Australia’s top scientists and politicians have teamed up to set up a manufacturing plant for mRNA vaccines like Pfizer and Moderna. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Monday met with the state’s chief scientist to discuss plans to build Australia’s first RNA manufacturing facility. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines both use mRNA technology but Australia has no capacity to make the jabs itself, leaving the country dependent on overseas production. Making mRNA vaccines took on more importance since Australia’s plan to immunise the population with locally-made AstraZeneca vaccnine was scuttled by the jab’s link to a fatal blood clot condition. Messenger...

Business

JobKeeper demise having no visible impact

JobKeeper demise having no visible impact

Strong demand for workers continued in April, undaunted by the end of the JobKeeper wage subsidy, and suggesting the unemployment rate could hit five per cent by the end of the year. The ANZ job advertisement series showed ads rose for an 11th straight month in April, up by a solid 4.7 per cent. It means that job ads are now 27.8 per cent higher than pre-pandemic levels. ANZ senior economist Catherine Birch isn’t surprised job ads have continued to strengthen after the demise of JobKeeper in March. “Businesses looking to hire new workers are, on the whole, unlikely to...

Technology

eBay Australia rolls out new sneaker verification program

eBay Australia rolls out new sneaker verification program

eBay Australia is opening its market to authenticated sneaker listings from the US, with labels including Jordan, Yeezy, Nike, and Adidas available to Australian customers through US listings. From May 5, eBay Australia will give Aussie sneakerheads access to nearly 90,000 third-party-verified sneaker listings from the US through a new Authenticity Guarantee program it said will reduce the risks associated with buying resale sneakers. It will first be available for new sneakers sold for more than US $150 and pre-owned sneakers sold over US $300, with brands eligible to be sold including Jordan, Yeezy, Nike, Adidas, New Balance, Vans, Asics,...