Two jabs needed for Delta coverage

Original article by Natasha Robinson
The Australian – Page: 5 : 24-Jun-21

Data from the UK suggests that Australians will need two Covid-19 vaccine doses for them to be adequately protected against the Delta variant, and only around five per cent of Australians have had two doses. Public Health England estimates the Pfizer vaccine offers only about 36 per cent protection against the Delta variant after one dose, while the AstraZeneca vaccine offers only around 30 per cent protection after one dose. Protection from the Delta variant rises to 88 per cent for Pfizer and 67 per cent for Astra-Zeneca after two doses. The Delta variant is estimated to be about 50 per cent more infectious than the original Wuhan strain, and Australian health authorities have warned it can be transmitted as the result of "inadvertent" contact between people, sometimes lasting just a matter of seconds.

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PFIZER INCORPORATED, ASTRAZENECA PLC

Big Tech urged to challenge virus lies

Original article by David Swan
The Australian – Page: 19 : 25-Jan-21

A coalition that includes the Immunisation Foundation of Australia and Doherty Institute is calling on the big technology companies to do more to prevent the sharing of misinformation about COVID-19 online. The coalition is concerned this misinformation is causing a growing mistrust about potential COVID-19 vaccines and vaccines in general, along with causing a growing number of people to ignore public health directives about social distancing and lockdown measures because they see COVID-19 as being a government-led hoax.

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IMMUNISATION FOUNDATION OF AUSTRALIA, UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE. PETER DOHERTY INSTITUTE FOR INFECTION AND IMMUNITY

Vaccine’s immune boost

Original article by Grant McArthur
Herald Sun – Page: 7 : 23-Nov-20

Research undertaken by scientists in Melbourne suggests that some people who contract COVID-19 may be immune from reinfection for a year or more. The researchers at Monash University, The Alfred hospital and the Burnet Institute tracked the immune cells of 25 COVID-19 patients and found that they were still able to fight off the virus some 242 days after contracting it. The scientists are hopeful that a COVID-19 vaccine would provide protection for a similar length of time, without the need for regular booster shots.

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MONASH UNIVERSITY, ALFRED HOSPITAL, THE MACFARLANE BURNET INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH LIMITED

March target to vaccinate five million

Original article by Natasha Robinson
The Australian – Page: 5 : 12-Nov-20

Health Minister Greg Hunt says the federal government aims to begin distributing COVID-19 vaccines in March. The government has agreed to purchase 10 million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine, which would enable five million Australians to be inoculated. The Therapeutic Goods Administration has granted a provisional determination for both the Pfizer vaccine candidate and one being developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University. The TGA hopes to approve the vaccines for use in Australia in January.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF HEALTH, PFIZER INCORPORATED, AUSTRALIA. THERAPEUTIC GOODS ADMINISTRATION, ASTRAZENECA PLC, OXFORD UNIVERSITY