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    SA to get first AstraZeneca virus vaccines -sharenews

    South Australians will be the first in the nation to get the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine option. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed the batches that arrived from overseas recently have been tested and given the tick of approval. They are being…
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    1 year on from Tassie's first COVID case

    Tuesday marks a year since Tasmania's first coronavirus case was identified, and we're being assured the vaccine rollout is proceeding as planned. 1159 Tasmanian front line workers have received their first dose of the Pfizer jab. Health Minister Sarah…
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    Slow rollout for Victoria COVID vaccines -sharenews

    Victoria's COVID-19 vaccinations are rolling out slowly, with less than a third of the supplied doses being administered. According to federal figures, only 30 per cent of Victoria's doses were injected in the first week of the vaccination program. It comes…
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    More than 10,000 NSW residents vaccinated -sharenews

    In just a week more than 10,000 people in NSW have received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine. Phase 1a of the nation-wide vaccination program began last Monday, with healthcare and border workers the first to be jabbed with the Pfizer vaccine. "NSW…
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    Mask, gathering rules relaxed in Victoria -sharenews

    Victoria's mask rules and social gathering restrictions will be eased and workers can return to the office, as the Holiday Inn outbreak is declared under control. Premier Daniel Andrews has confirmed that from 11.59pm on Friday, up to 30 visitors will be…
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    Vic high risk declaration removed despite new cases

    Victoria has broken its six-day run of no cases of coronavirus with two new locally acquired infections. The people are primary close contacts of pre-existing cases, and are already in quarantine. About 16,500 test results have been received in the past 24…
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    Vic records fifth day with no COVID cases -sharenews

    The Health Department confirmed there were no new local or overseas acquired cases recorded on Wednesday, following 20,201 tests. There remain 20 active cases of COVID-19 in the state, a decrease in five since Tuesday. Thousands, however, remain in…
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    Bells toll as US reaches 500k COVID deaths -sharenews

    The United States has crossed the staggering milestone of 500,000 COVID-19 deaths just more than a year since the coronavirus pandemic claimed its first known victim in Santa Clara County, California. In a proclamation honouring the dead, President Joe Biden…
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    Snap five-day Vic lockdown to end on time -sharenews

    Victoria's five-day lockdown will end on time, with authorities confident the "circuit breaker" has contained the Holiday Inn outbreak. Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed the snap lockdown would lift at 11.59pm on Wednesday as planned, after the state recorded…
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    Mix of virus vaccines for people over 70 -sharenews

    A combination of the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines will be used on Australians aged over 70 who don't live in residential aged care. Australia has access to enough Pfizer doses for 10 million people, with aged care and disability residents among the first…
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    Clinic hours extended, more high-risk venues

    Tasmania's list of high-risk locations across Melbourne continues to grow. The number of potentially exposed venues, including tram routes and an airport bus link, has risen to 33. Recently-arrived Victorians have been urged to check the list on…
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    No new cases as Vic awaits lockdown call -sharenews

    Victoria has recorded no new cases of coronavirus, emboldening hopes of the state's snap five-day lockdown ending. The Health Department on Wednesday confirmed the state reported no new COVID-19 cases on the final day of its five-day "circuit breaker"…
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    AstraZeneca vaccine approved in Australia -sharenews

    Australia's medical regulator has approved a second coronavirus vaccine, paving the way for millions of jabs to be administered in coming months. The Therapeutic Goods Administration on Tuesday approved the AstraZeneca vaccine for people aged 18 and over,…
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    Exposure sites key to ending Vic lockdown -sharenews

    The lifting of Victoria's five-day "circuit breaker" lockdown in the wake of a coronavirus outbreak will depend on how many more exposure sites emerge, state health authorities say. Overnight on Monday, two more sites were revealed. They include Sacca's Fruit…
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    Victoria records two coronavirus cases -sharenews

    Victoria has recorded two new cases of coronavirus on the third day of its "circuit breaker" lockdown. The Health Department on Monday confirmed one of the cases is locally acquired, while the other is a returned traveller in hotel quarantine. The total…
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    Victoria lockdown new rules and exposure sites -sharenews

    VICTORIA LOCKDOWN NEW RULES * From 11.59pm Friday all of Victoria will lock down, going to stage 4 restrictions until 11.59pm Wednesday. * During the five day lockdown there will only be four reasons to leave home - shopping for essentials, caregiving,…
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    Victoria in 5-day lockdown from 11.59pm -sharenews

    Victoria will enter a five-day lockdown in an effort to contain the Holiday Inn coronavirus outbreak, which now totals 13 cases. Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed the state will enter the lockdown at 11.59pm on Friday. People will only be able to leave their…
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    Victoria's Holiday Inn cluster grows to 13 -sharenews

    There are fears Victoria's COVID-19 outbreak could spread interstate after an infected person spent more than eight hours at an airport cafe. The Brunetti cafe in Terminal 4 at Melbourne Airport was listed as an exposure site early Friday morning, after being…
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    Victorian pinged for no mask at NW airport

    A Victorian man has been fined for not wearing a mask at Burnie Airport. Police were undertaking COVID compliance duties on Monday at about 8:30am when they spotted the 51-year-old enter the terminal without using a mask or face covering. Officers say he was…
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    SA locks out greater Melbourne residents -sharenews

    South Australia has locked out travellers from greater Melbourne after further COVID-19 cases were linked to a hotel quarantine outbreak in Victoria. The lockout came into effect from 12.01am on Thursday, South Australian time. Returning SA residents, people…

AstraZeneca vaccine approved in Australia -sharenews

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Australia's medical regulator has approved a second coronavirus vaccine, paving the way for millions of jabs to be administered in coming months.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration on Tuesday approved the AstraZeneca vaccine for people aged 18 and over, with decisions about those aged over 65 to be made on a case-by-case basis.

Initial supplies of the vaccine will be imported into Australia from overseas before 50 million doses are manufactured locally.

TGA boss John Skerritt said the vaccine was recommended for all ages.

"AstraZeneca gives us a vaccine that can be used in major facilities, in primary care through GPs and potentially through pharmacy practices," he told reporters in Canberra.

"Having a vaccine accessible in a country as wide and brown as ours is important."

Elderly patients over 65 years of age showed a strong immune response in clinical trials, but there were not enough participants to conclusively determine efficacy for that group.

There are no safety concerns associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The provisional approval is valid for two years and means it can now be legally supplied in Australia.

It comes a day after an initial 142,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine arrived in the country with the first shots to start from Monday.

AstraZeneca has been found to have an efficacy rate of 82 per cent when two doses are administered 12 weeks apart.

Pfizer has recorded efficacy rates of up to 95 per cent after two doses with a 21-day gap.

"Frankly, there's not a difference when you go into the real world whether something is 82 per cent of 90 per cent," Professor Skerritt said.

"I would emphasise a lot of the discussion on numbers is not particularly relevant. What is important is to get vaccines into people's arms."

Most opinion polls show about four in five Australians are willing to be vaccinated but there remains lingering trepidation about the vaccines among pockets of people.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison called for all Australians to listen to official medical advice, saying the country boasted the world's best experts.

"The same experts that you've trusted with your own children are the same people that you can trust when it comes to this vaccine," he said.

He said he was entrusting experts with the health and safety of his family, including his mother and mother-in-law.

Labor's health spokesman Mark Butler said the vaccine rollout should already be under way and called for more details from the government.

"How will the online booking system work? How will the vaccines be distributed to the states? When will we start to see jabs actually in people's arms?" he said.

Hotel quarantine remains the subject of national debate after two billionaire businessmen offered to run regional isolation centres in Victoria and Queensland.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is looking at building a quarantine facility either at Avalon or Tullamarine airport.

Mr Morrison is prepared to work with state governments on new isolation hubs but insists any new facility would supplement hotels.

The proposals are in response to quarantine breaches triggering snap lockdowns in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

Victoria recorded two cases of local transmission on Tuesday, the fourth day of a five-day lockdown.

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