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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...
planning a road trip in a pandemic? 11 tips for before you leave, on the road and when you arrive

Planning a road trip in a pandemic? 11 tips for before you leave, on...

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Image: Shuttlestock As restrictions ease around the country and the prospect of travel beckons, many of us will be planning road trips for the holiday season. To ensure your trip is memorable in the best...
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...
no, a hug isn’t covid-safe. but if you have to do it, here’s what to keep in mind

No, a hug isn’t COVID-safe. But if you have to do it, here’s what...

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Priscilla Du Preez/Unsplash In the time of COVID, greetings are no longer by handshakes, hugs or kisses on the cheek. An “elbow bump” is the preferred pandemic greeting. Although COVID transmission in Australia is now...
as victoria’s covid-free streak continues, it’s probably time to consider changing the rules around masks

As Victoria’s COVID-free streak continues, it’s probably time to consider changing the rules around...

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Picture: James Ross/AAP After a devastating second wave, Victoria yesterday recorded its Thirteenth straight day of zero new COVID cases.  In light of the state’s progress, Premier Daniel Andrews announced the easing of several COVID restrictions on Sunday, including...
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...