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.
THROMBOSIS AND HAEMOSTASIS SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
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.
ASTRAZENECA PLC, EUROPEAN COMMISSION
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.
AUSTRALIAN OPEN TENNIS, ATP TOUR
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.
IMMUNISATION FOUNDATION OF AUSTRALIA, UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE. PETER DOHERTY INSTITUTE FOR INFECTION AND IMMUNITY
Original article by Andrew Tillett
The Australian Financial Review – Page: Online : 22-Jan-21
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk plans to raise her proposal to relocate the quarantining of returned international travellers from Brisbane hotels to regional mining camps when national cabinet meets on 22 January. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has voiced scepticism about the idea, noting the possibility that resources workers could become infected and thus hamper Australia’s economic recovery. The meeting will also receive an update on the implementation plan for Australia’s vaccine rollout from March and on quarantine arrangements for seasonal workers to be allowed into Australia to harvest fresh produce, as well as discussing the cap on international arrivals.
QUEENSLAND. DEPT OF THE PREMIER AND CABINET
Original article by John Kehoe
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 3 : 7-Jan-21
A delegation from the World Health Organisation was due to depart in early January on a visit to China to investigate the origins of COVID-19. However, there have been delays in China in issuing their permits, which has prompted WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu say he was "very disappointed", while Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne has called on China to allow the entry of the WHO delegation "without delay". Australia led the call for an independent investigation into the COVID-19, and it has been suggested this was a major factor in China’s ongoing retaliatory trade action against Australia.
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE
Original article by James Frost, James Fernyhough, Tom Burton, Hannah Wootton
The Australian Financial Review – Page: Online : 7-Jan-21
The Commonwealth Bank is hoping to have 50 per cent of its Sydney and Melbourne staff back working in their offices by mid-January. However, with recent COVID-19 outbreaks in both cities, a company spokeswoman noted it is monitoring the situation and will adhere to guidance from the Victorian and New South Wales governments. The Victorian government has delayed by a week its proposed timetable for a return by workers to Melbourne’s CBD, while it has again made it mandatory to wear masks inside, including for office work. A Telstra spokesman says it will encourage its staff to continue to work from home if they can, while Melbourne-headquartered Medibank does not intend to open its office until February.
COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, TELSTRA CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX TLS, MEDIBANK PRIVATE LIMITED – ASX MPL
Original article by Didi Tang
The Australian – Page: Online : 5-Jan-21
US Deputy National Security Adviser Matthew Pottinger claims there is strong evidence that the coronavirus was leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology rather than developing in a Wuhan livestock ‘wet market’. The Institute is located 17 kilometres from the Wuhan market, with Wuhan reporting the first COVID-19 cases in December. Pottinger was speaking on the eve of a visit by World Health Organisation experts to China to investigate the source of the coronavirus, although some claim the investigation will be a "whitewash". A majority of scientists are of the view that coronavirus originated in nature.
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
Original article by Finbar O’Mallon
The Australian Financial Review – Page: Online : 5-Jan-21
Crowd numbers for the third Test at the SCG have been capped at 25 per cent of capacity as the SCG Trust responds to Sydney’s current COVID-19 outbreak. Current ticket holders for the game will be refunded and given the chance to repurchase tickets, while food and beverage outlets are being increased to prevent crowding. Residents of the northern zone of the northern beaches will be barred from attending, as well as anyone who has visited COVID-19-affected venues. The SCG Trust hopes to lift crowd limits if Sydney’s COVID-19 numbers improve before the Test starts on 7 January.
SYDNEY CRICKET GROUND TRUST
Original article by Jill Margo
The Australian Financial Review – Page: Online : 24-Dec-20
More than 78 million people worldwide have contracted COVID-19, although there have been just 31 confirmed and 2,200 suspected cases of reinfection to date. However, Professor Ivo Mueller from the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research believes that the number of reinfections has been underestimated; he says the genome sequencing data that is necessary to confirm two separate infections is often not available, while many reinfections may not be detected because the person is asymptomatic. There has been one confirmed case of reinfection in Australia, and just two confirmed deaths from reinfection worldwide.
WALTER AND ELIZA HALL INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL RESEARCH