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Australia ‘will move’ to make mRNA vaccines, Prime Minister says

Australia ‘will move’ to make mRNA vaccines, Prime Minister says

Any local manufacturing capability will not alter the nation’s vaccine supplies this year as the country’s leaders prepare to reset the vaccination program on Thursday.

  • by Rachel Clun

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‘Another vital defence’: Coronavirus treatment pills could be available within six months

‘Another vital defence’: Coronavirus treatment pills could be available within six months

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the search for new antiviral medication would revolutionise how COVID-19 is treated.

  • by Bevan Shields
France and Germany are mixing their vaccines. Should Australia do the same?

France and Germany are mixing their vaccines. Should Australia do the same?

There remains no evidence mixing COVID-19 vaccines is safe and effective, Australian experts say, even as France and Germany race ahead with mix-and-match plans.

  • by Liam Mannix
‘Big reset’: Mass vaccination centres or GPs both options for faster over-50s vaccine rollout

‘Big reset’: Mass vaccination centres or GPs both options for faster over-50s vaccine rollout

GPs will continue to be the main focus of the vaccine rollout but state and territory leaders have agreed in principle to bring forward the vaccinations of people aged 50 to 70.

  • by Rachel Clun
‘We want to see a sense of urgency’: Merlino urges vaccine recalibration

‘We want to see a sense of urgency’: Merlino urges vaccine recalibration

The federal government could send some of Victoria’s share of AstraZeneca vaccines to GPs, under a recalibrated program aimed at speeding up the vaccine rollout, Acting Premier James Merlino has suggested.

  • by Sumeyya Ilanbey
‘A 12-week sprint’: PM flags plan to vaccinate under-50s in lead-up to Christmas

‘A 12-week sprint’: PM flags plan to vaccinate under-50s in lead-up to Christmas

State and territory leaders will discuss immunising the bulk of under-50s in the last three months of the year as well as speeding up inoculations for over 50s.

  • by Rachel Clun
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Vaccine confidence holds despite AstraZeneca woes

Vaccine confidence holds despite AstraZeneca woes

Despite changes in advice for the AstraZeneca vaccine for under-50s, a survey shows vaccine hesitancy has actually decreased in recent months.

  • by Kate Aubusson
‘Raging inferno’: Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops a staggering 3 million

‘Raging inferno’: Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops a staggering 3 million

The true number of deaths is believed to be significantly higher because of possible government concealment and the many cases overlooked in the early stages of the outbreak.

  • by David Biller and Maria Cheng
‘That’s mass vaccination’: Local GPs lead Australian rollout

‘That’s mass vaccination’: Local GPs lead Australian rollout

Australia’s GPs quietly reached a significant milestone this week, and there are growing calls to more heavily involve them in the future Pfizer rollout.

  • by Aisha Dow
No change to vaccine advice for older Australians after woman’s death ‘likely’ linked to AstraZeneca jab

No change to vaccine advice for older Australians after woman’s death ‘likely’ linked to AstraZeneca jab

Relatives of Genene Norris, the woman who died days after receiving an AstraZeneca jab, have paid tribute to her “fun-loving, happy character and her sense of service to those around her”.

  • by Aisha Dow, Paul Sakkal and Pallavi Singhal
NSW readies vaccine plan B amid AstraZeneca uncertainty

NSW readies vaccine plan B amid AstraZeneca uncertainty

The NSW government is preparing for a potential major overhaul of its coronavirus vaccination program, including the possible distribution of new vaccines and larger volumes of the Pfizer shot.

  • by Tom Rabe and Mary Ward