Wednesday, 24 February, 2021


Australian PM is vaccinated as rollout begins

Khairy Jamaluddin said workers from the aviation education and religious sectors have no choice but to wait Khairy Jamaluddin said workers from the aviation education and religious sectors have no choice but to wait
Kristine Garrett | 21 February, 2021, 05:46

"Thanks to Israel's strong health system that has allowed us to vaccinate an unprecedented wide percentage of the population, and our epidemiological tracking facilities, we are the first country in the world that can show the effect of the vaccine in the real clinical world", Levy said.

With 10,715,204 vaccine doses given as at 8am yesterday, India is now ranked third for total doses administered, with the USA in first position and the United Kingdom in second. Hospitals in 31 prefectures had begun vaccinations by Friday, with the rollout expected to expand to 100 hospitals by next week.

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese would also receive his vaccine this week, Mr Hunt said.

Health authorities this week commenced the administration of COVID-19 vaccines on the general public identified as vulnerable groups in the Western Province.

Other countries to have given more than 10 percent of their people at least one dose include Britain (25 percent), Bahrain (16), the USA (13), Chile (12), the Seychelles (43) and the Maldives (12). "We need to come up with a strategy so we can narrow down [and] we can really focus on the folks that we really want to get the vaccine".

The vaccine rollout will be coordinated from the Alfred, with thousands of doses distributed to the state's ten quarantine hotels and two health hotels.

Mr Morrison says federal and state health officers are monitoring whether to make shots compulsory for some workers.

There were multiple arrests at a protest in Melbourne, while simultaneous protests were held in all major cities and regional centres Cairns, Coffs Harbour and Albany.

Victorian police used pepper spray on some protesters when they moved beyond cordons and at times, appeared to lose control of the crowd, an AAP photographer on scene said.

While some people were covered in pepper spray, crowds chanted, "freedom, freedom".

"I will check that my department is not, but on my watch, until this issue is resolved, there will not be Facebook advertising", he said.

At Sydney's Hyde Park, controversial celebrity chef and conspiracy theorist Pete Evans was among the hundreds of protesters.

Two Florida women reportedly put on disguises to look like elderly "grannies" in order to jump the coronavirus vaccine line.

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