•   
  •   

Australia Scott Morrison's latest update on when overseas travel can resume

17:21  03 february  2021
17:21  03 february  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Climate of change

  Climate of change Good morning, early birds. The Morrison government will today sign up to two international agreements that aim to integrate climate risk into investment decision-making, and health organisations push for laws to combat COVID-19 misinformation. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.The move, which stands to inflame Liberal-National tensions, comes after climate denialist George Christensen again failed to get the numbers for an inquiry into why banks are refusing to lend to fossil fuel projects.

Scott Morrison wearing a suit and tie: MailOnline logo © Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has made it clear what needs to happen for international travel to resume.

The PM said before the borders can open the effectiveness of a widespread vaccination program on the pivotal issue of virus 'transmissibility' needs to be understood.

'The key thing that I think is going to impact on that decision is going to be whether the evidence emerges about transmissibility and how the vaccine protects against that,' the PM said in a live Facebook Q&A interview hosted by Newscorp.

'And until we know something about that, I'm not going to lead people on.'

'Fallout 76' Update 1.49 Adds Inventory Changes and Stash Increase - Patch Notes

  'Fallout 76' Update 1.49 Adds Inventory Changes and Stash Increase - Patch Notes "Fallout 76" update 1.49 has arrived, with big changes to your inventory. Read the full patch notes here.Inventory and User Interface Improvements

Scott Morrison wearing glasses: Scott Morrison: 'I'm not going to lead people on' about when they can travel overseas until we know more about what vaccines will do © Provided by Daily Mail Scott Morrison: 'I'm not going to lead people on' about when they can travel overseas until we know more about what vaccines will do a person holding a sign: Brendan Murphy (left) and Scott Morrison (right) said orders being reopened for overseas travel comes down to what effect vaccines have on the key issue of virus transmissibility © Provided by Daily Mail Brendan Murphy (left) and Scott Morrison (right) said orders being reopened for overseas travel comes down to what effect vaccines have on the key issue of virus transmissibility

Morrison's Department of Health Secretary, Dr Brendan Murphy gave a little more detail - but not much.

'I think it would be if we have really good efficacy in a vaccine, we could start to see some recommendations about restrictions lessening progressively over the second half of this year.'

'But beyond that, I wouldn't want to make a prediction either.'

What this means is that officials want to see whether vaccinated people continue to transmit Covid before they make a decision on opening the borders.

By keeping schtum, Morrison sows dangerous seeds — and lets right-wing extremism flourish

  By keeping schtum, Morrison sows dangerous seeds — and lets right-wing extremism flourish For many in the Coalition it's fine to shut down Islamist extremism, but a scourge on free speech to gag right-wing incitement to violence.President Joe Biden identified the challenge of right-wing terrorism in his inaugural address, saying “we must confront and we will defeat” it. One of his early actions was to ask US security agencies to evaluate the threat of domestic terrorism.

There have been fears expressed that even vaccination may not stop transmission.

While the various vaccines against Covid-19 and its variants do prevent most from developing serious symptoms and dying, the main products may not prevent the virus continuing to spread.


Video: Thousands of customers to get blood tests after Bondi ‘wellness’ clinic breaches protocol (9News.com.au)

Meanwhile, Australia's vaccination rollout plan are being put under the microscope this week.

a couple of people that are looking at the camera: Australia has ordered over 10 million doses of the Pfizer jabs which are expected to roll out in March (pictured: healthworker receiving covid vaccination) © Provided by Daily Mail Australia has ordered over 10 million doses of the Pfizer jabs which are expected to roll out in March (pictured: healthworker receiving covid vaccination) a hand holding a blue object: Pfizer and AstraZeneca will face an inquiry from politicians wanting answers about Australia's March vaccine roll out (pictured: stock of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine) © Provided by Daily Mail Pfizer and AstraZeneca will face an inquiry from politicians wanting answers about Australia's March vaccine roll out (pictured: stock of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine)

A limited vaccine rollout - for frontline healthcare workers, aged care workers and hotel quarantine staff - begins this month, before an expansion in March.

AEC election donation data shows millions given to political parties as former chief slams reporting rules

  AEC election donation data shows millions given to political parties as former chief slams reporting rules The Electoral Commission releases its latest donations disclosures headlined by millions of dollars from Clive Palmer's Mineralogy company to his United Australia Party. But some of the donations — covering the period July 2019 to June 2020 — are more than a year old, prompting former electoral commissioner Ed Killesteyn to describe the scheme as "one of the worst in the world"."Australia's financial disclosure system is one of the worst in the world taken from the central objective of ensuring that the voter knows, at the time of voting, who is funding whom and by how much," he said.

Coronavirus vaccine giants Pfizer and AstraZeneca are set to face a grilling from politicians hunting answers about Australia's immunisation effort.

The Senate's coronavirus response committee will on Thursday hear from two of the companies the federal government has struck a deal with for a combined 63.8 million vaccine doses.

There are concerns the rollout could be delayed with the European Union locked in a dispute with the pharmaceutical companies over supplies.

But the federal government insists the first Pfizer jabs will start late next month, with the company not flagging complications for the 10 million doses it is contracted to deliver to Australia this year.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Australia has struck a deal with Pfizer and AstraZeneca to distribute 63.8 million vaccine doses to the public © Provided by Daily Mail Australia has struck a deal with Pfizer and AstraZeneca to distribute 63.8 million vaccine doses to the public

In Europe, Pfizer is delaying deliveries, while AstraZeneca's initial shipments have been smaller than first promised.

The EU is planning to slap export controls on vaccines produced within its borders, including Belgium where Australia's Pfizer order is being made.

Pfizer Australia's medical director Krishan Thiru and market access boss Louise Graham will front the inquiry.

AstraZeneca Australia's senior medical director Carla Swemmer and market access director Alice Morgan are also due to appear.

Therapeutic Goods Administration boss John Skerrit will give evidence about vaccine approval after Pfizer received the green light on Monday.

AstraZeneca is expected to become the second vaccine to be granted provisional approval.

Read more

When international tourists will be allowed to enter Australia .
Australia's borders have been closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, with only citizens, residents and exempted foreigners allowed to enter. Mr Tehan said the ban on overseas tourists - who spent $45billion a year in Australia before coronavirus - could will remain in place for the rest of 2021. © Provided by Daily Mail International tourists will be allowed to enter Australia freely by this time next year, Tourism Minister Dan Tehan hopes 'Our hope is that by this time next year we'll have international tourists back,' he told Seven Network show Sunrise on Monday.

usr: 0
This is interesting!