Australia Premier Mark McGowan says WA will not be sending Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to NSW despite state declaring 'national emergency'
‘Open request': NSW pleads for contact tracing help as Sydney locks down hard
The Commonwealth, South Australian and Western Australian governments all agreed to help but Victoria knocked back the request.NSW has been forced to seek urgent help from other states to boost its contact tracing capability, in a sign its COVID-19 tracking system is struggling to keep pace with the growing outbreak.
Western Australia will not hand over its COVID-19 vaccines to help New South Wales deal with its outbreak, with Premier Mark McGowan telling NSW it must lock down properly if it wants to "crush and kill" the virus.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian had asked state and territory leaders to share their Pfizer vaccines with the state.
But after National Cabinet, it emerged the other states, including WA, had rejected Ms Berejiklian's request.
Mr McGowan said under the national agreement, each state received its share of vaccines and vaccinated its population as soon as possible.
"We're looking at what we can do but we're not prepared to hand over our vaccines," Mr McGowan said.
Children as young as 12 could be vaccinated in Australia
Australia's drug regulator, the TGA, is currently assessing an application from Pfizer to have its jab approved in the country for that age group. The vaccine has already been approved for children over 12 in countries such as the US, Canada, Germany, Japan, France and Italy. © Provided by Daily Mail ( Trials for children under 12 are ongoing to determine safety and dosage, with results due in a few months and a decision in the US expected in early 2022. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said vaccinating teenagers was crucial to securing freedom.
"I understand their problem but we're not prepared to give our Pfizer over.
"We need to get people vaccinated just like every other state does.
"The sooner we're all vaccinated, the quicker we can get out of this situation we're in."
WA iswith two new mass vaccination clinics coming soon to Perth CBD and Centrepoint Midland.
The current clinic at Claremont show grounds will be expanded from 40 to 60 booths, allowing for an extra 2,400 doses to be administered each day.
Bring in military to enforce restrictions, McGowan says
Mr McGowan said it was time for NSW to end "half-baked measures' and 'inexplicable" rules and even suggested bringing in the military to enforce COVID restrictions.
More than half of crew from ship docked in Perth have COVID-19 symptoms
The WA Premier has provided an update on the BBC California ship docked at Fremantle Harbour.
"They need to do everything they can — don't leave any stone unturned," he said.
"It's a risk to both New South Wales and to every other state and territory.
"Whether it's getting the ADF out there to assist, soldiers, airmen, sailors, whatever it might take.
"All of these things need to be put in place."
He described some of the rules around exercise in NSW as "frankly inexplicable."
Shipping companies need to keep crew on board
State and territory transport ministers will work with major shipping companies to address the risk of ships coming to Australia via Indonesia with COVID-19 positive crew on board, Mr McGowan said.
He said he raised the issue at National Cabinet.
"The shipping companies need to put effort into keeping their crews on board when they are in Indonesian ports," he said.
Theto dock in Indonesia before coming to WA.
What you need to know about mixing COVID vaccines
Several countries have approved mixing COVID vaccines as they seek to boost their inoculation campaigns.Mixing vaccines means administering one brand of vaccine for a patient’s first shot, followed by a vaccine made by a different manufacturer for the second dose. Proponents of the policy believe it can increase the speed and effectiveness of vaccination campaigns.
Of the 14 crew members on the ship, 10 positive cases remain on board, along with an engineer who tested negative but needs to remain on the ship for its operation.
The other three crew, who tested negative, are in hotel quarantine.
WA helping NSW with contact tracing and testing
His advice to the NSW government was to follow WA's example and lock down hard.
"The virus must be crushed and killed as soon as possible," he said.
"We want the New South Wales government to succeed.
"We need the New South Wales government to succeed in crushing the virus.
"Our experience is if you lock down properly and use every weapon in your arsenal then you can kill it.
"That's what new South Wales needs to do."
WA recorded no new local cases of COVID-19 overnight.
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