Australia Annastacia Palaszczuk admits you can't go abroad even after vaccine
Mass Vaccination Is a Show of American Might
The U.S. stumbled early in the pandemic, but the vaccine rollout could reboot the country’s image.Now a different technology is shifting global politics: the coronavirus vaccines—or, quite possibly, vaccines more broadly. Unlike nuclear weapons, vaccines don’t have the potential to end life on Earth, and their production and distribution will never require rigid rules to limit who gets them. Indeed, the international institutions being created to govern vaccine distribution are designed to promote proliferation, not restrict it.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has admitted Australians won't be allowed to travel overseas even after they have been vaccinated because the jab may not protect them against mutant strains of Covid-19.
Ms Palaszczuk said she had concerns about whether Australians vaccinated against the virus should be allowed to quarantine at home after returning from overseas.
A recent study in the UK found the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine can block 75 per cent of symptomless infections.
But the British government has also warned the vaccines available globally might not protect against the spread of highly-infectious strains like the South African variant.
Australia reveals new Covid-19 vaccine timeline
Australia has revealed their new Covid-19 vaccine rollout timeline after concerns over the AstraZeneca jab threw the plan into chaos. Trade Minister Dan Tehan said on Sunday the aim was to have every willing Australian receive their first dose by the end of the year. 'That is definitely the aim, that is the goal we have set - trying to have all Australians have a dose by the end of the year,' he told Sky News.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said last week he hoped those who have had the jab and an essential travel reason such as for business or a funeral could soon avoid hotel quarantine.
The divisive Queensland leader though said even vaccinated Australians could bring back Covid-19 from parts of the world where the virus has spread significantly.
'I do have concerns, we've got the pandemic raging around countries at the moment,' she told the Today show's Karl Stefanovic on Tuesday morning.
'We've got mutant strains that are starting to formulate. The problem is, people going overseas vaccinated but they could come back with a mutant strain.'
It’s Not Over for the J&J Vaccine
A pause is just that—a pause—in which health officials can reevaluate the data at hand.Experts haven’t yet conclusively determined whether J&J’s vaccine is directly causing these strange clots, or how frequently the condition might be occurring, because they’re relying largely on people reporting their health conditions to federal agencies. Roughly 7 million doses of the vaccine have been administered so far in the United States; among them were about 1 million women under the age of 50. “I think it’s reasonable to say it is a rare event, but I don’t think we should go into false precision in this kind of situation,” Saad Omer, a vaccine expert at Yale, told me.
Ms Palaszczuk has split opinion and been called a hardline premier due to her repeated lockdowns of parts of Queensland over a handful of coronavirus cases.
She said Australia was in an 'unchartered world' in terms of its battle against the virus and the country's leaders had to take each day and week as it comes.
'The vaccine is part of our process to limit the risk, especially to our most vulnerable in this country,' Ms Palaszczuk said.
Her comments come after Mr Morrison announced the national Covid-19 vaccination program will undergo a 'big reset' - with details to be announced on Thursday.
Mr Morrison met with state and territory leaders on Monday for national cabinet, with a further meeting scheduled for Thursday.
Hispanics are being vaccinated at lower rates nationwide. Nevada is trying to change that.
Access barriers have created a Hispanic vaccination gap.Hispanics in Nevada had already suffered disproportionately from the virus: They are more likely to test positive for Covid-19 than any other ethnic or racial group in the state and have experienced high levels of unemployment as the state’s tourism-reliant economy was shut down.
In a statement issued following the meeting, he said the leaders had agreed in-principle to a series of changes to the vaccination strategy to be considered at the next meeting.
'(That will include) options to bring forward the commencement of vaccinations for over 50 year olds under the priority group 2a, and the readiness of more state and territory-operated vaccination sites including mass vaccination sites, as vaccine supplies increase,' he said.
The national cabinet backed GPs continuing to be the primary model of rolling out vaccinations for over-50s, with states and territories to consider options to supplement rollout through expanded state vaccination centres.
Got a COVID vaccine question? Ask our medical experts in the ABC coronavirus blog
To bring you up to speed, here's a rundown of common COVID vaccines and where they fit into Australia's vaccination rollout.Associate professor Hassan Vally from La Trobe University and the ABC's national medical reporter Sophie Scott will be answering questions in the COVID blog from 11:00am AEST.
'The commonwealth will continue to finalise the vaccination of residential aged care facility residents with Pfizer using an in-reach model,' he said.
Emerging from the meeting, Ms Palaszczuk told reporters in Brisbane there had been a 'good discussion' about the vaccine rollout.
'It's a big reset on the vaccine rollout,' she said, adding that 'firm decisions' would be announced later in the week.
'Everyone went into that room with the right attitude.'
The national strategy's priority will remain vaccinating people in the 1a and 1b groups, with all states to prioritise the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine for over-50s.
Tasmania has flagged a specific role in the reset, offering to vaccinate aged care and disability workers which were to be covered by the federal program.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian earlier said everyone should be 'far less rigid' in the approach to the vaccine rollout.
'Given we know that there's no issue with anyone over 50 having the AstraZeneca and there is considerable supply in Australia at the moment, that we need to really crack on with it,' she said.
'We have got the capacity for the mass vaccination hubs.'
Mr Morrison said ahead of the meeting there were strong arguments to bring forward the date of vaccinating those over 50.
Under the vaccination plan designed by the federal government last year, there are five stages.
Inside the Warped World of COVID Vaccine Death-Hunters .
As soon as the United States authorized the use of the first COVID-19 vaccine in mid-December, a small but vocal group of skeptics and conspiracy theorists, baselessly convinced that the jabs were lethal, started hunting for dead people. At first their efforts were relatively small-bore and haphazard—although far from innocuous. But as the scale and sophistication of America’s vaccine rollout have exponentially ramped up over the last three months, so have efforts to hunt down alleged vaccine fatalities.