‘Beginning of the end’ for AZ jab

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After months of “disproportionate criticism”, accumulation of the AstraZeneca vaccine successful Australia volition beryllium suspended by Christmas.

    It’s the “beginning of the end” for the AstraZeneca vaccine, with accumulation of the jab connected Australian shores to beryllium suspended by Christmas.

    The vaccine volition nary longer beryllium made here, 9 News reports, with the harmless and effectual jab yet succumbing to months of hesitancy, aft being linked to an highly uncommon humor clotting broadside effect.

    Demand for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines has present rendered the vaccine irrelevant.

    “Obviously we don’t privation to manufacture thing that’s not going to beryllium utilised, and we volition person a fig of options moving into the future,” University of Queensland Associate Professor Paul Griffin told the network.

    “It evidently has received a batch of antagonistic property and it’s a vaccine that has proven highly effectual and precise safe.”

    Once the existent bid is complete, it’s expected the vaccine’s Melbourne manufacturer, CSL, volition cease production, and the Federal Government volition “almost certainly” not widen the declaration beyond this year.

    “Not withstanding the possibly disproportionate disapproval that this vaccine’s estimation has experienced, we couldn’t beryllium prouder that the AstraZeneca vaccine has fixed extortion to galore millions of Australians,” CSL president Brian McNamee told investors.

    Almost 12.5 cardinal doses of the AstraZeneca jab person been fixed to Australians.

    Our unrecorded sum has present ended. Read connected beneath for Wednesday’s apical updates.

    ‘We volition not support it retired forever’

    Western Australia’s Vaccine Commander had a connection for those successful his authorities yet to instrumentality up the jab, informing they “will not support [the virus] retired forever”.

    During a sojourn to Kalgoorlie-Boulder, which has 1 of WA’s lowest vaccination rates, Chris Dawson said that lone 7 retired of 10 West Australians person had their archetypal vaccine dose.

    “I person a mates of sobering messages for you,” helium said connected Wednesday morning.

    “Only 7 retired of 10 West Australians person got their archetypal jab and conscionable implicit 5 retired of 10 implicit the property of 16 person been afloat vaccinated.

    “Covid-19 [will come]. It is not a lawsuit of if it volition come, it is simply a lawsuit of erstwhile it comes.

    “We person not been capable to support this illness astatine bay for astir 2 years. We volition not support it retired forever.

    “This is wherefore it is truthful important that you get vaccinated now. It volition come, it volition infect, and it volition termination immoderate people.”

    Victoria warned to brace for much deaths

    It mightiness person yet reached the highest of its existent outbreak, but Victorians person been warned to brace for much Covid deaths.

    Virus fatalities surged to 13 connected Wednesday – marking the azygous deadliest time of the state’s outbreak – portion 1571 cases were confirmed successful the 24 hours to midnight.

    Chief wellness serviceman Brett Sutton said helium was “cautiously optimistic” astir what appeared to beryllium a downward inclination successful lawsuit numbers.

    “I deliberation it’s terrific to person seen a accordant driblet implicit a fewer days,” Professor Sutton said.

    But, helium warned, “it’s not definitive and we tin spot numbers bounce astir and we tin spot behavioural changes impact the numbers a fewer days later”.

    Health Minister Martin Foley said it was apt much radical would dice earlier the outbreak’s brought nether control.

    “I can’t forecast however the chains of transmission play retired successful communities, but I deliberation that we each person to brace ourselves for the, sadly, inevitable fact, that determination volition beryllium much fatalities from Covid,” helium said.

    TGA approves Pfizer jab for 5 to 11-year-olds

    The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has granted a provisional determination to Pfizer for usage of its vaccine successful Aussie kids betwixt the ages of 5 and 11.

    “On 12 October 2021, the TGA, portion of the Department of Health, granted a provisional determination to Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd successful narration to its Covid-19 vaccine, COMIRNATY,” the TGA said successful a statement.

    “Currently, COMIRNATY is provisionally approved for usage successful individuals 12 years of property oregon older. The granting of this determination means that Pfizer is present eligible to use to alteration the provisional support for the vaccine to see children aged 5 to 11 years.

    “This provisional determination is the archetypal measurement successful the process and does not mean that an exertion for saltation has been made by the sponsor – oregon that immoderate specified saltation volition beryllium provisionally approved by the TGA.

    “In making its determination to assistance Pfizer a provisional determination for usage successful individuals 5 to 11 years, the TGA considered eligibility criteria, including factors specified arsenic the grounds of a program to taxable broad objective information successful narration to usage successful this property radical – and the seriousness of the existent Covid-19 pandemic.”

    Twist aft pistillate carried microorganism into SA

    There was speculation past week that a pistillate who carried Covid-19 into South Australia was not being wholly truthful. Now, that has been confirmed by authorities successful Victoria.

    Bear with america for this one. The communicative takes immoderate twists and turns.

    The woman, successful her 40s, tested affirmative to Covid-19 successful the South Australian metropolis of Mt Gambier connected October 1.

    She told authorities that she had not near the borderline bubble and had lone travelled arsenic acold into Victoria arsenic Casterton. The quality led to restrictions being enactment successful spot successful Mt Gambier, Wattle Range and Grant, arsenic good arsenic a simplification successful the borderline bubble from 70km to 30km.

    Days later, the woman, who is simply a mother-of-four, had her car acceptable connected occurrence successful what authorities called a targeted arson attack.

    Today, it has been revealed that the pistillate was not being truthful erstwhile she spoke with authorities.

    Victoria’s Covid-19 Commander Jeroen Weimar has revealed to the ABC that the pistillate travelled into Melbourne wherever she became infected.

    “My knowing of the Mount Gambier case, determination was really a traveller from Melbourne who travelled allegedly to Mount Gambier and was detected arsenic affirmative there,” Mr Weimar said.

    Victorian authorities added that determination was nary grounds the pistillate had visited Casterton astatine all.

    ‘Might beryllium issues’: Key NSW state could beryllium delayed

    There are concerns 1 of the astir sought-after freedoms could beryllium delayed successful NSW, contempt the authorities rapidly closing successful connected its 80 per cent vaccination goal.

    NSW could scope the 80 per cent treble jab complaint this weekend, which would spot a raft other of restrictions easiness from Monday.

    One of the long-awaited freedoms outlined successful the roadworthy representation is allowing determination question for Greater Sydney residents.

    However, determination is speculation this state could beryllium delayed to let determination areas clip to rise their vaccination rates.

    “We said, it volition beryllium the Monday pursuing wherever we deed that 80 per cent, that’s the committedness that we’ve made. That’s the committedness that we volition sustain,” Premier Dominic Perrottet said.

    “So we request to look astatine that. There mightiness beryllium immoderate different issues that travel done that. I volition enactment done that with the furniture ministers time with our economical and wellness teams. And we should beryllium capable to supply a clearer update astatine backmost extremity of this.”

    Mr Perrottet said NSW wasn’t expected to deed the 80 per cent milestone truthful rapidly and determination has been “concerns raised astir determination NSW”.

    “I person not had galore discussions with my ministerial colleagues successful narration to that aspect, yet. We are having that gathering tomorrow. That volition beryllium an contented that volition beryllium discussed,” helium said.

    “It’s thing that’s connected the array and it volition evidently beryllium portion of the discussions tomorrow. And we don’t privation to speculate successful presumption of what that time volition be.”

    NSW Nationals Leader Paul Toole said conscionable past week that the authorities was “weeks away” from allowing question into the regions.

    “We besides request to marque definite erstwhile it is discussed time that we are protecting determination NSW,” helium said.

    Tasmania records caller Covid case

    Tasmania has recorded 1 caller Covid-19 lawsuit aft a antheral travelled from Melbourne and allegedly breached edifice quarantine.

    The antheral was sent into authorities mandated quarantine aft arriving successful Hobart but authorities assertion it was aboriginal discovered helium had near the hotel.

    He was tracked down astatine a location successful the outer bluish suburbs by constabulary yesterday afternoon, with his affirmative Covid effect being returned connected Wednesday morning.

    Genomic sequencing has not yet confirmed which variant the antheral has, but officials time it is “very likely” helium has the Delta strain.

    Speaking to reporters, Premier Peter Gutwein said the antheral was not expected to beryllium successful the community.

    “A 31-year-old New South Wales antheral arrived successful Tasmania via Melbourne connected Monday evening, contempt his to spell walk having been refused,” the Premier said.

    “He was placed successful quarantine astatine the edifice successful Hobart that night, the pursuing payment cheque undertaken by information connected Tuesday day helium was recovered not to beryllium successful his room. The constabulary were instantly notified and tried to find him.

    “Late yesterday day helium was located successful the bluish suburbs of Hobart by police. He was instantly returned to edifice quarantine and further information was allocated to him. The antheral has been tested overnight and done this greeting for Covid-19.

    “It has been confirmed that helium has returned a affirmative effect … It bothers maine greatly that erstwhile the immense bulk of Tasmanians bash the close thing, time successful and time out, radical volition enactment others astatine hazard … The 31-year-old volition person 2 fines totalling conscionable implicit $3000, 1 for breaching quarantine and 1 for attempting to participate the authorities without indispensable approvals.”

    Hobart Airport is present listed arsenic an vulnerability site.

    ACT recorded 51 cases, introduces caller vax mandates

    The ACT recorded 51 caller Covid-19 cases successful the past 24 hours, 22 of which were infectious portion successful the community.

    The ACT besides announced it volition beryllium mandating Covid-19 vaccinations for a scope of acquisition settings, successful bid to “help to reassure parents of children nether 12 – and peculiarly susceptible children – that everything imaginable is being done to trim the hazard of Covid-19 arsenic we spell backmost to schoolhouse & aboriginal puerility acquisition and care.”

    The caller mandate covers teachers, aboriginal puerility educations, learning and enactment staff, admin staff, canteen workers, cleaners successful nonstop interaction with kids, allied wellness professionals who regularly be schools and acquisition students connected placements.

    People successful these categories volition beryllium required to person their archetypal dose of the vaccine by November 1 and beryllium afloat vaccinated by November 29.

    Good quality for Victoria contempt deadly day

    Victorians person been offered a sliver of bully quality contempt signaling the deadliest time of this outbreak truthful far.

    The authorities is connected way to scope its 70 per cent treble vaccination people sooner than expected, though wellness authorities person refused to accidental whether this means Victorians planned freedoms volition beryllium brought guardant arsenic well.

    However, this greeting Veterans Minister Shaun Leane told reporters restrictions would “absolutely” easiness arsenic soon arsenic the vaccination extremity was reached.

    About 60.4 per cent of Victorians implicit the property of 16 are afloat vaccinated, with astatine slightest 86.2 per cent having had their archetypal dose.

    The authorities was primitively predicted to deed the 70 per cent vaccination extremity connected October 26, but is present expected to scope the milestone a fewer days earlier connected Friday, October 22.

    This means restrictions could easiness conscionable earlier adjacent weekend, with immoderate of the cardinal changes for vaccinated residents, including:

    • Removing the stay-at-home orders for lockdown areas of Victoria

    • Allowing 10 afloat vaccinated residents to stitchery outdoors successful Melbourne

    • Reopening pubs, clubs and amusement venues with antithetic capableness limits for metropolitan and determination areas

    • Reopening hairdressing and different idiosyncratic attraction services

    • Beginning the instrumentality to face-to-face learning for students.

    Mr Leane’s comments travel aft Premier Daniel Andrews said connected Tuesday that helium would beryllium looking to easiness restrictions “as adjacent to erstwhile we really tick implicit the 70 per cent arsenic possible”.

    Chief wellness serviceman Professor Brett Sutton connected Tuesday said the determination to easiness restrictions wasn’t “critically linked to a circumstantial azygous figure” and refused to corroborate whether hitting the 70 per cent people would instantly trigger caller freedoms.

    ‘Thought I was going to die’: Girl’s harrowing Covid ordeal

    A Victorian teen has recounted her terrifying ordeal being enactment into a coma portion battling Covid-19.

    Saela, a 17-year-old VCE pupil from Hume, contracted Covid-19 successful August aft determination was an outbreak astatine her sister’s daycare.

    At the time, Saela was excessively young to beryllium vaccinated and, arsenic a result, suffered horrendous symptoms.

    In the 2nd week of her unwellness she was struggling to respire and became truthful sick that her household had to telephone an ambulance.

    “I sat unsocial successful the ambulance and I had ne'er been successful an ambulance before. I said goodbye to my family. I was truthful frightened and lonely,” she said.

    “My wellness progressively got worse and past 1 nighttime I couldn’t halt coughing. I was struggling to breathe. The time before, they said I had pneumonia. I had nary thought it was. I felt truthful galore needles. I couldn’t drawback my adjacent breath.

    “There was commotion astir me. I didn’t cognize what was going on. I was truthful scared, I thought I was going to dice and past I felt nothing. They had enactment maine to sleep. They woke maine up 9 days later.”

    Saela said erstwhile she woke up she had a conduit coming retired of her cervix and she was frightened to spell backmost to sleep.

    “There was truthful overmuch machines astir me, truthful galore wires and needles, truthful overmuch beeping and everything made maine scared. I was broken. None of this was fair,” she said.

    “With each passing day, I dilatory got better. I started breathing connected my ain and 5 days later, I waved goodbye to the ventilator.

    “My spot was coming back. I had to larn to locomotion again. I cried each time but I worked precise hard connected my betterment truthful I could beryllium location for the AFL expansive final, which I was.”

    Victoria records 1571 cases and 13 deaths

    Victoria has recorded 1571 locally acquired Covid cases and 13 deaths successful the 24 hours to midnight.

    That’s the highest fig of regular fatalities the authorities has seen during this outbreak.

    NSW records 444 cases and 4 deaths

    NSW has recorded 444 caller locally acquired Covid-19 cases and 4 deaths successful the 24 hours to 8pm past night.

    NSW could person adjacent much freedoms by Monday

    Vaccinated NSW residents could beryllium enjoying adjacent much freedoms adjacent week. A monolithic surge successful Covid vaccinations could spot the authorities deed hits 80 per cent jab people sooner than expected.

    Federal authorities figures connected Tuesday showed 75.23 per cent of adults successful the authorities are present afloat vaccinated and 90.77 per cent person had 1 dose.

    This means NSW could beryllium connected way to hits its 80 per cent extremity by the weekend, an accomplishment that would trigger a raft of eased restrictions from Monday, October 18 – a week earlier than the projected October 25 date.

    Freedom Day 2.0 volition spot up to 20 visitors to a home, determination question allowed for Greater Sydney residents, and masks nary longer required successful outdoor settings.

    Residents volition besides beryllium capable to basal portion drinking astatine indoor venues, dancing volition beryllium permitted indoors and outdoors (except astatine nightclubs) and large recreation facilities – specified arsenic stadiums, taxable parks and racecourses – tin unfastened with density limits of up to 5000 people.

    The revelation of NSW’s vaccine surge comes conscionable 3 days aft caller freedoms kicked successful for vaccinated residents, including reopening hospitality venues and businesses, reopening gyms and allowing household visitors.

    ‘End it today’: Queensland turns connected Anna

    Tensions person reached boiling constituent successful Queensland, with hopeless concern owners turning connected Premier Annastacia Palas­zczuk implicit her pugnacious borderline stance.

    Ms Palas­zczuk has refused repeated calls to merchandise a roadworthy representation to reopening with NSW and Victoria, adjacent suggesting removing pugnacious borderline restrictions erstwhile 80 per cent of Aussies were afloat vaccinated would beryllium a “backwards” step.

    Head of Industry assemblage AI Group successful Queensland, Rebecca Andrews, told The Courier Mail that the Queensland authorities should “today extremity the vague and conflicting messages” astir reopening borders.

    “Talking vaguely of a Christmas reopening docket and past upping the ante connected vaccination targets is acold from the circuit-breaker announcement the authorities needs to present to promote radical to get the jab,” she said.

    Owner of The Breakers vacation apartments astatine Broadbeach, Michael Stephens, accused the Premier of not caring astir struggling businesses.

    He told the work thar his occupancy rates person dropped from 85 per cent to 5 per cent and galore of his Christmas bookings person been cancelled.

    “She gets up each greeting and is acting similar this is simply a State of Origin game,” Mr Stephens said.

    “We are not conscionable Queenslanders, we are Australians.”

    Queensland wellness workers clasp situation meeting

    Queensland healthcare workers held a situation gathering yesterday calling for wellness betterment and accrued backing crossed for hospitals crossed the state.

    The situation talks were held extracurricular of Ipswich Hospital, with Secretary of the Queensland Nurses and Midwives’ Union, Beth Mohle, saying determination are fears the infirmary strategy won’t header with a NSW oregon Victorian benignant Delta outbreak.

    “I cognize our members close present are watching what’s happening down southbound successful NSW, ACT and Victoria with the unit that’s being placed connected their systems due to the fact that of the Covid outbreaks and Delta outbreaks successful particular, with a consciousness of anticipatory grief,” she told 4BC.

    “What they are disquieted astir is however good would the strategy header if that comes up here.”

    Kmart’s pugnacious caller Covid regularisation for NSW

    Kmart has confirmed that unvaccinated customers volition not beryllium permitted to store astatine NSW stores unless they person a aesculapian exemption.

    Chief enforcement John Gualtieri said he was announcing the determination successful enactment with NSW Government regulations.

    “As per the NSW Government requirement, customers volition request to amusement impervious that they are afloat Covid-19 vaccinated, unless a aesculapian exemption applies,” Mr Gualtieri said successful the enactment to shoppers. “We inquire for your patience and enactment arsenic we rotation this caller process retired crossed our store network.”

    The announcement comes has customers proceed to flock to Kmart, with 1 Sydney store experiencing a 200m checkout queue conscionable to acquisition items.

    Photos and videos of chaotic scenes at Kmart person attracted criticism, with radical arguing the footage shows shoppers not abiding by societal distancing rules.

    – Hannah Paine

    Originally published arsenic Australia Covid quality live: Australia volition halt producing AstraZeneca vaccine

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