Ellume steps up rapid Covid-19 tests in US

Original article by Jared Lynch
The Australian – Page: 15 : 19-Jul-21

Brisbane-based biotechnology firm Ellume has secured approval from the US Food & Drug Administration to sell its COVID-19 tests to point-of-care providers. The approval came three months after the FDA approved Ellume’s over-the-counter tests, which Australian laws currently ban. Only point-of-care providers are allowed to administer COVID-19 tests in Australia, and Ellume CEO Sean Parsons considers the local point-of-care market to be a small one. Ellume secured a $US235 million ($316 million) contract in February from the US Department of Defense for the rollout of its rapid COVID-19 test, while it is building a factory in the state of Maryland.

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ELLUME LIMITED, UNITED STATES. FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION

‘Heartbreaking’: Grand Prix cancelled again

Original article by Patrick Durkin
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 7 : 7-Jul-21

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the Victorian government to cancel the Australian Formula One Grand Prix for a second year. The 2021 race had already been rescheduled from March to November; the government has attributed its cancellation to factors such as the pace of the national vaccination rollout and a recent decision to slash the weekly cap on international arrivals. The logistics involved in the mandatory 14-day quarantine period for drivers and support teams is also said to have contributed to the Grand Prix’s cancellation. The Phillip Island round of the MotoGP world championship will also not be staged in 2021.

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AUSTRALIAN FORMULA ONE GRAND PRIX

NRL players under tight COVID-19 restrictions, State of Origin III may be moved from Sydney

Original article by
abc.net au – Page: Online : 29-Jun-21

The Australian Rugby League Commission will meet on 29 June to decide how to progress the NRL competition in the wake of the current COVID-19 situation. Four Sydney clubs are preparing for matches without crowds, but could find themselves being moved after the meeting. Players and officials have been placed on level four biosecurity protocols, which include restrictions such as not having visitors to their home, while the ARLC needs to decide whether to move the third State of Origin match on 14 July from Sydney. Newcastle is an option if it wants to keep the game in NSW, while Gold Coast and Melbourne are interstate options.

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AUSTRALIAN RUGBY LEAGUE COMMISSION LIMITED, NATIONAL RUGBY LEAGUE

Mine workers locked down amid NT scare

Original article by Brad Thompson, Mark Ludlow
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 8 : 29-Jun-21

Newmont Corporation is facing a lengthy shutdown of its Tanami gold mine in the Northern Territory, as a result of it having gone into lockdown. The lockdown resulted from a miner who is believed to have become infected while in a Queensland quarantine hotel, before unknowingly passing it on to his colleagues at the mine between 18 and 24 June. Around 640 miners are currently locked down at Tanami; they are being confined to their single-room quarters for 14 days and having meals delivered to their door. The Tanami mine produced 495,000 ounces of gold in 2020.

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NEWMONT AUSTRALIA LIMITED

Trump calls for $13 trillion in Covid reparations from China

Original article by Alex Leary
The Australian – Page: 9 : 7-Jun-21

Former US president Donald Trump has used a campaign-style speech in North Carolina to argue that China should pay reparations of $US10 trillion ($12.9 trillion) for the global damage caused by COVID-19. He said the US and the world must demand reparations and accountability from the Communist Party of China for the pandemic, which is estimated to have killed more than 3.7 million people to date. Trump’s comments were made in the wake of growing speculation that the virus leaked from a Chinese lab. Trump also called for the US to impose a tariff of 100 per cent tariff on all Chinese-made goods.

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COMMUNIST PARTY (CHINA)

Lynas funds jabs for staff in Malaysia

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 13 : 27-May-21

Lynas Rare Earths has responded to Malaysia’s third wave of COVID-19 by advising that workers at its processing plant will be offered employer-sponsored vaccines. The Australian-listed company has also booked out an entire hotel near the plant so workers do not have to mix in the wider community when their shifts end. A spokeswoman says there are no plans to offer vaccinations for Lynas employees in Australia, and has urged them to participate in the federal government’s vaccine rollout.

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LYNAS RARE EARTHS LIMITED – ASX LYC

Facebook removed 14 million pieces of COVID-19 misinformation last year

Original article by Zoe Samios
The Age – Page: Online : 21-May-21

Josh Machin from Facebook Australia claims that "pushing back against misinformation" is vital for democracy. Machin was commenting on the social media company’s inaugural transparency report for the Australian Communications & Media Authority, in which it stated that it removed 14 million pieces of misinformation relating to COVID-19 between March and December 2020. This includes 110,000 posts by Australian users.

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FACEBOOK AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA AUTHORITY

AstraZeneca blood clot illness given own name

Original article by Jill Margo
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 3 : 7-Apr-21

The UK, Germany and Norway are among the countries that have reported cases of the blood-clotting syndrome that may be linked to AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine. The novel syndrome has been designated as vaccine-induced prothrombotic immune thrombocytopenia (VIPIT) by German scientists. The Thrombosis and Haemostasis Society of Australia and New Zealand has established a national committee on the new syndrome; Associate Professor Vivien Chen says it has some similarities to existing immune-driven clotting syndromes. A 44-year-old Melbourne man is Australia’s first suspected case of VIPIT.

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THROMBOSIS AND HAEMOSTASIS SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

Italy blocks export of 250,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses to Australia

Original article by Daniel Boffey
The Guardian – Page: Online : 5-Mar-21

The Italian government has ruled that AstraZeneca cannot ship 250,000 doses of its COVID-19 vaccine to Australia. Italy has become the first country to invoke the European Union’s export authorisation mechanism with regard to coronavirus vaccines. The EU has ordered some 400 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine; problems at the biotechnology group’s plant in Belgium means that it has now committed to supplying just 40 million doses in the March quarter, well down on the 120 million doses that it was meant to supply.

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ASTRAZENECA PLC, EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Tennis year unworkable if quarantine remains, says Djokovic

Original article by Greg Baum
The Age – Page: Online : 17-Feb-21

Novak Djokovic says there is a growing view among players that the 2021 tennis season will be unviable if they have to quarantine for 14 days before each tournament. The world number one-ranked men’s player has raised the possibility of staging the rest of the year’s major tournaments in a single location, and contends that the issue must be addressed quickly given that the season has begun. Djokovic adds that players had accepted the Australian Open quarantine measures as it is a grand slam, but notes that many ATP tournaments in 2021 will have reduced prizemoney.

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AUSTRALIAN OPEN TENNIS, ATP TOUR