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Vaccinated Australians could be the first to travel overseas, Morrison says

Vaccinated Australians could be the first to travel overseas, Morrison says

Australians vaccinated against COVID-19 could be the first group allowed to travel overseas for important work or personal purposes, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, as governments, the tourism industry, and would-be travellers adjust to the nation’s delayed vaccine rollout. Speaking to Perth radio station 6PR on Thursday, Morrison said the “first goal” would be permitting...

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‘No doctor need worry’: Hunt alleviates fears over AstraZeneca litigation

‘No doctor need worry’: Hunt alleviates fears over AstraZeneca litigation

Doctors have been reassured they are protected by law if a patient experiences an adverse reaction to the AstraZeneca vaccine. Health Minister Greg Hunt says the legal advice from the Morrison government is general practitioners will be protected from unreasonable legal action over possible AstraZeneca side effects. “No doctor need worry,” he said. His comments...

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EMA: Unusual blood clot is ‘very rare AstraZeneca side effect’

EMA: Unusual blood clot is ‘very rare AstraZeneca side effect’

The EU’s medicines regulator says unusual blood clots should be listed as a very rare side effect of the AstraZeneca vaccine for Covid-19. After a study looking at 86 European cases, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) concluded the benefits of the vaccine outweighed the risk. The report reflected data on 25 million Europeans administered with...

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Hundreds more GPs to join vaccine rollout

Hundreds more GPs to join vaccine rollout

Hundreds more general practice clinics are preparing to join the national coronavirus vaccination program as the rollout begins to gather pace. The number of clinics involved will double from 1500 to 3000 by the end of this week, following criticism the program is moving far slower than planned. Health Minister Greg Hunt has blamed the...

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‘I won’t be lectured’: Littleproud hits back at Miles in vaccine stoush

‘I won’t be lectured’: Littleproud hits back at Miles in vaccine stoush

Federal Minister David Littleproud has hit back at comments made by Queensland’s Deputy Premier Dr Steven Miles amid a growing stoush between the Commonwealth and state governments over the nation’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Dr Miles had suggested that Mr Littleproud’s earlier criticism of the Queensland Government’s COVID-19 rollout was an attempt to distract from the...

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Covid-19: Brisbane lockdown ends ahead of Easter weekend

Covid-19: Brisbane lockdown ends ahead of Easter weekend

The Australian city of Brisbane exited its snap three-day lockdown on Thursday after only one local Covid-19 case was reported in the previous day. The outbreak in Queensland’s capital – home to two million residents – has grown to 16 infections in total. State Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the low number of new infections meant...

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Queensland records one case of community transmission of COVID-19

Queensland records one case of community transmission of COVID-19

Queensland has recorded one new case of locally transmitted coronavirus, with a 26-year-old Brisbane man infectious in the community since last Friday. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the man from the Brisbane suburb of Stafford has been infectious in the community since last Friday. From midday aged care facilities, hospitals and prisons in the Brisbane City...

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Aussie GPs to begin administering COVID-19 vaccine as phase 1B gets underway

Aussie GPs to begin administering COVID-19 vaccine as phase 1B gets underway

Australian GPs will begin administering the COVID-19 jab today as domestic manufacturing of the AstraZeneca vaccine was approved yesterday. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) granted approval for the AstraZeneca vaccine to be manufactured in Australia after weeks of frustration over the slow rollout of imported doses. More than six million people will be eligible to...

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Health Minister Hunt says Australia is the ‘envy of the world’ on Covid-19 response

Health Minister Hunt says Australia is the ‘envy of the world’ on Covid-19 response

Health Minister Greg Hunt says “thankfully” the nation is once again in a situation where there are zero Australians currently in intensive care as a result of COVID-19. Mr Hunt spruiked Australia’s handling of the pandemic, as he compared the nation’s figures to those currently being experienced around the globe. He said zero lives have...