Hello everyone, it’s Thursday and the end is in sight! It is Matilda Boseley here to take you through the daily news.
This sounds scary, but it is important to note that EU regulators have repeatedly stressed that the benefits still far outweigh any risks.
The announcement came after the EMA investigated 86 cases of blood clotting, 18 of which were fatal, of about 25 million people in Europe they received AstraZeneca vaccine. Most cases were in women under 60 years of age.
A huge part of the Australian vaccination plan relies on the AZ sting, although we have a large contract for promising doses of Novavax that could be available later in the year, if approved by the TGA.
Australia also had a fatal outcome a case of blood clotting in a man aged 40 years, with health experts who said they would be fully researched, as well as review any research and advice coming from the EU.
Here’s what, Professor Brendan Murphy said yesterday:
One case is not a strong signal, but we are working very closely with colleagues in the UK who have now made more than 18 million doses of this vaccine, and in Europe they have made many millions …
The government and the department have taken the position that security is absolutely the most important …
Europe has better data and that is why we are looking at their data to determine if this is the real problem and if we need to do anything about it. We don’t have those answers at the moment.
Great things are still happening today in Melbourne, so Victoria’s so vicious hotel quarantine program continues overnight, and international flights cease for the first time in almost two months.
Some 106 returned passengers arrived this morning at 4.30am at Melbourne airport from Colombo, Doha, Dubai and Singapore.
They have now entered renewed hotel quarantines, including the Holiday Inn at the airport, which was the city’s last exit – growing to 24 cases, triggering a five-day closure across the state.
After a series of inspections, the program was restarted with ventilation controls in rooms and hallways and requirements for protective equipment for staff.
Covid-19 quarantine Victoria commissioner Emma Cassar said Victorians should be sure of the third iteration of the scheme:
We have done everything in our power to make this as secure as possible and will continue to ensure that the program stays ahead of this virus.
All hotel quarantine staff have now received at least one dose of Pfizer, while most have also passed the N95 mask suitability test.
As a Melbourne resident, I cross my fingers that this is the third time the charm!
OK, with that, let’s get into the daily news.