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we modelled how a covid vaccine roll-out would work. here’s what we found

We modelled how a COVID vaccine roll-out would work. Here’s what we found

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Image: Shuttlestock How well we distribute and administer a COVID-19 vaccine will have massive health, social and economic ramifications. So attention is turning to vaccine supply chains and logistics. Designing how best to vaccinate billions...
can governments mandate a covid vaccination? balancing public health with human rights – and what the law says

Can governments mandate a COVID vaccination? Balancing public health with human rights – and...

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Image: Shuttlestock Earlier in 2020, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he expected the COVID-19 vaccine to be mandatory. He later backtracked, noting the government “can’t hold someone down and make them take it”. But should it be...
why the oxford astrazeneca vaccine is a global game changer

Why the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine is a global game changer

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Image: Oxford University/EPA In the long dark tunnel that has been 2020, November stands out as the month that light appeared. Some might see it as a bright light, others as a faint light...
you may be able to buy a covid vaccine ahead of the government rollout. but jumping the queue comes at a price

You may be able to buy a COVID vaccine ahead of the government rollout....

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Image: Shuttlestock As the world continues to battle COVID-19, the prospect of a vaccine gives us hope of returning to some kind of “normal” in the not too distant future. The Australian government has signed supply agreements...
moderna’s covid vaccine reports 95% efficacy. it means we might have multiple successful vaccines

Moderna’s COVID vaccine reports 95% efficacy. It means we might have multiple successful vaccines

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Picture: CJ GUNTHER/EPA/AAP American biotech firm Moderna has released early results from its phase 3 clinical trials, announcing in a press release on Monday (US time) that its COVID vaccine has an efficacy of 94.5%, according...
courting the chameleon: how the us election reveals rupert murdoch’s political colours

Why we should prioritise older people when we get a COVID vaccine

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Shuttlestock While we wait for further results from phase 3 trials, it’s clear that supply of any potential COVID vaccine would initially be limited. Local authorities will need to prioritise distribution to specific groups, at least...
90% efficacy for pfizer’s covid-19 mrna vaccine is striking. but we need to wait for the full data

90% efficacy for Pfizer’s COVID-19 mRNA vaccine is striking. But we need to wait...

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University of Maryland School of Medicine/AP/AAP German biotech company BioNTech and US pharmaceutical Pfizer announced on Monday promising early results from their phase 3 clinical trial for a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that...
what do we know about the novavax and pfizer covid vaccines that australia just signed up for?

What do we know about the Novavax and Pfizer COVID vaccines that Australia just...

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Shutterstock The federal government’s announcement of agreements to supply vaccines from Novavax and Pfizer/BioNTech potentially increases the pool of COVID-19 vaccines Australians will be able to access.   These two vaccines are in addition to supply arrangements for vaccines from...
what causes infections

What Causes Infections and Do They Spread?

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Children are susceptible to infections that often cause illness. Children get into care services and early childhood education while their immune systems are not fully developed. These children may not have any exposure to...
vaccine refusers are health literate and believe they’re pro-science. but this just reinforces their view

Vaccine refusers are health literate and believe they’re pro-science. But this just reinforces their...

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Picture: Neil Hall/EPA/AAP Australians belonging to the vaccine refusal movement consider themselves a science advocacy group, according to a study published yesterday. My colleagues and I found this group believes it lobbies for unbiased research against...