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halting the oxford vaccine trial doesn’t mean it’s not safe – it shows they’re following the right process

Halting the Oxford vaccine trial doesn’t mean it’s not safe – it shows they’re...

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Image: Shuttlestock Only days after the federal government announced a A$1.7 billion vaccine deal to roll out COVID-19 vaccines to Australians in 2021, one of the two candidates has halted its phase 3 trials...
oxford scientists: these are final steps we’re taking to get our coronavirus vaccine approved

Oxford scientists: these are final steps we’re taking to get our coronavirus vaccine approved

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A researcher working on the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in Buenos Aires. EPA-EFE Of the hundreds of potential COVID-19 vaccines in development, six are in the final stages of testing, known as phase three clinical...
victoria now has a good roadmap out of covid-19 restrictions. new south wales should emulate it

Victoria now has a good roadmap out of COVID-19 restrictions. New South Wales should...

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Picture: Erik Anderson/AAP The COVID-19 roadmap for Victoria announced by Premier Daniel Andrews sets the state on the right path. Something like it should be emulated by New South Wales, which has not yet achieved zero...
‘slow and steady’ exit from lockdown as victorian government sets sights on ‘covid-normal’ christmas

‘Slow and steady’ exit from lockdown as Victorian government sets sights on ‘COVID-normal’ Christmas

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Erik Anderson/AAP The Victorian government today announced the eagerly anticipated roadmap out of COVID-19 lockdown. It features several steps that reflect a much slower relaxing of restrictions than last time around.   While the government has...
patients with covid-19 shouldn’t have to die alone. here’s how a loved one could be there at the end

Patients with COVID-19 shouldn’t have to die alone. Here’s how a loved one could...

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Image: Shuttlestock While the number of new COVID-19 cases in Victoria continues to trend downwards, we’re still seeing a significant number of deaths from the disease. The ongoing outbreaks in aged care, and the fact...
morrison government secures two possible vaccine supplies with agreements worth $1.7 billion

Morrison government secures two possible vaccine supplies with agreements worth $1.7 billion

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Image: Lisa Maree Wiliams/AAP The federal government has nailed down two possible vaccine sources with supply and production agreements with pharmaceutical companies worth $1.7 billion. The agreements mean the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca and the University...
open covid ‘cold spots’ first: a way out of lockdown for melbourne

Open COVID ‘cold spots’ first: a way out of lockdown for Melbourne

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Picture: Erik Anderson/AAP Up to now the focus has been on managing “hot spots” in the COVID lockdowns of Melbourne and Victoria. We have identified four key factors that might help explain why we...
message from daniel andrews on the extension to the state of emergency

Message from Daniel Andrews on the Extension to the State of Emergency

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 I know some people have strong feelings about the State of Emergency legislation that passed the Upper House last night.   Debate is healthy. Differing opinions are what our democracy is built on. But there's also been...
what is the covid ‘bubble’ concept, and could it work in australia?

What is the COVID ‘bubble’ concept, and could it work in Australia?

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Picture: Shuttlestock The concept of a COVID-19 “germ bubble” refers to close contacts with whom we don’t practise mask use or keep physical distancing. In strict lockdown, this generally means just the members of...
australians don’t have a ‘right’ to travel. does covid mean our days of carefree overseas trips are over?

Australians don’t have a ‘right’ to travel. Does COVID mean our days of carefree...

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Picture: Shuttlestock Australia is a nation of enthusiastic travellers, it is one of our defining national characteristics. At any given time, around a million of us are living and working overseas. In 2019, a record 11.3 million Australian residents...