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Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout is being brought forward two weeks to early March, as the government stands by its cautious approach compared with other countries

Australia’s COVID-19 vaccination scheme has been moved forward, with the first shots set to be administered in early March. 80,000 doses of the soon-to-be approved Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are expected to arrive in Australia each week from the end of the month. Despite criticisms that Australia is lagging behind other countries’ […]
Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout is being brought forward two weeks to early March, as the government stands by its cautious approach compared with other countries
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Wisconsin pharmacist who health care centre said ‘intentionally’ removed 57 coronavirus vaccine vials is a conspiracy theorist, according to new court documents

Prosecutors identified the Advocate Aurora Health Care pharmacist who is accused of purposely removing Moderna vaccines as Steven Brandenburg, 46, in a hearing on Monday. According to court documents, Brandenburg admitted to following conspiracy theories about the vaccine, so he intentionally left doses out of refrigeration for long periods of […]
Wisconsin pharmacist who health care centre said ‘intentionally’ removed 57 coronavirus vaccine vials is a conspiracy theorist, according to new court documents
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Gov. Cuomo wants to give people recovering from drug addictions who live in crowded housing COVID-19 vaccine priority, and Republicans are furious

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said that people recovering from drug addictions in New York will get vaccinated this week. He explained that they would be prioritised because many of them live in “problematic” shared accommodation. Republican lawmakers expressed their outrage that people recovering from addiction are being prioritised over some […]
Gov. Cuomo wants to give people recovering from drug addictions who live in crowded housing COVID-19 vaccine priority, and Republicans are furious
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‘I’m absolutely terrified for Christmas’: Nurses say they’re bracing for record-shattering COVID-19 hospitalizations after the holidays

Nurses told Business Insider they expect COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations to spike after Christmas, much like they did after Thanksgiving. More than 47,000 Americans have died of COVID-19 since Thanksgiving. Smartphone data showed 13% of Americans travelled more than 31 miles from home to celebrate the holiday. Record COVID-19 hospitalizations […]
‘I’m absolutely terrified for Christmas’: Nurses say they’re bracing for record-shattering COVID-19 hospitalizations after the holidays
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Sydney’s COVID-19 restrictions will be loosened over Christmas as NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announces tweaks to restrictions for the Northern Beaches

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced a moderate loosening of Sydney’s COVID-19 restrictions between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day. The new restrictions preclude children from counting towards a 10 person limit for gatherings in Sydney, allowing visitors in to some parts of the northern beaches, and allowing intra-house visits of […]
Sydney’s COVID-19 restrictions will be loosened over Christmas as NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announces tweaks to restrictions for the Northern Beaches
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Trump is the least patriotic president in US history

President Donald Trump loves to fondle American flags and talk blustery about “patriotism,” but he’ll do anything to get out of serving his country. He’s a shameless draft dodger and, as president, consistently put his own interests ahead of America’s. Thousands of Americans are dying every day from COVID-19, and […]
Trump is the least patriotic president in US history
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A growing number of countries are banning flights from the UK to protect their citizens from the new variant of fast-spreading coronavirus

Fears around a new, more transmissible variant of COVID-19 have prompted multiple countries to cancel flights from the UK. Denmark, The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Italy, France, Ireland, and Israel are among the nations that have placed restrictions on travel with the UK. Eurostar has cancelled all journeys between London, […]
A growing number of countries are banning flights from the UK to protect their citizens from the new variant of fast-spreading coronavirus
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Scammers set up fake websites posing as COVID-19 treatments to trick people into sharing personal information, US officials warn

US Justice Department officials took down two scam websites posing as pharmaceutical companies making COVID-19 treatments, officials said Friday. The sites purported to be created by the healthcare companies Moderna and Regeneron in order to trick people into handing over their personal information. COVID-19-related fraud has proliferated in the past […]
Scammers set up fake websites posing as COVID-19 treatments to trick people into sharing personal information, US officials warn
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New York City as we knew it is dead. Long live New York.

During the pandemic, New York City has lost thousands of the small businesses that gave it its flavour. A coming third wave of the coronavirus has put the City That Never Sleeps on the cusp of being shuttered once again. There’s nothing to do but mourn the lost and the […]
New York City as we knew it is dead. Long live New York.
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After a series of controversies, the Trump administration has launched a $250 million vaccine education campaign aimed at convincing people who are hesitant to get a shot

The Trump administration is beginning to roll out its $US250 million vaccine education campaign that aims to encourage people to get a shot. The campaign will include a series of advertisements – but celebrity endorsements, and a plan for Santa performers to take part in exchange for early access to […]
After a series of controversies, the Trump administration has launched a $250 million vaccine education campaign aimed at convincing people who are hesitant to get a shot
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Vulnerable Brits can now get Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine from their family doctor. Here’s what you need to know — with photos from one of the first clinics to offer the shot

Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine got the green light from the UK regulator on December 2. Thousands of the most vulnerable Brits and healthcare workers were first in line for the vaccine from December 9. On Monday, certain family doctor clinics in the UK can start to immunize patients over […]
Vulnerable Brits can now get Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine from their family doctor. Here’s what you need to know — with photos from one of the first clinics to offer the shot
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Shame fatigue and unscientific COVID restrictions are backfiring

If the 1980s should have taught us anything, it’s that “Just Say No” doesn’t work. And yet, “cancel everything” COVID edicts are still being dropped on a weary public. Overbroad lockdowns are producing “shame fatigue,” where people who want to be responsible during the pandemic start to tune out authority […]
Shame fatigue and unscientific COVID restrictions are backfiring
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AstraZeneca will work with the makers of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine to test a combined shot. This could make people more immune, and for a longer period of time, it said.

The COVID-19 vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford will be combined with Russia’s Sputnik V shot, which the country has already authorised for emergency use. In a press release on Friday, AstraZeneca said that it would “soon begin exploring” combining its shot with one made by […]
AstraZeneca will work with the makers of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine to test a combined shot. This could make people more immune, and for a longer period of time, it said.
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GSK and Sanofi delay the expected rollout of their COVID-19 vaccine until late 2021 because of an insufficient response in older people. The US has ordered 100 million doses.

GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi have delayed the expected rollout of their COVID-19 vaccine to the final months of 2021. Interim results for human studies showed an “insufficient response in older adults,” the drugmakers said Friday – but they praised its effects in other age groups. The companies plan to repeat a […]
GSK and Sanofi delay the expected rollout of their COVID-19 vaccine until late 2021 because of an insufficient response in older people. The US has ordered 100 million doses.
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The US is giving $523 million to 9,000 nursing homes for reducing COVID-19 cases. This is the first time it has given institutions financial rewards for controlling the spread.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will split $US523 million in incentive payments among more than 9,000 nursing homes for reducing COVID-19 related infections and deaths. The agency gave the first payments out on Wednesday, and said it is “exhausting all measures to ensure nursing homes nationwide are […]
The US is giving $523 million to 9,000 nursing homes for reducing COVID-19 cases. This is the first time it has given institutions financial rewards for controlling the spread.
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Trump announces that Rudy Giuliani has tested positive for COVID-19

President Donald Trump announced Sunday that his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The former mayor of New York City was being treated at Georgetown University Medical Centre, according to The New York Times. Giuliani has made a string of public appearances in recent days […]
Trump announces that Rudy Giuliani has tested positive for COVID-19
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Democrats flouting their own COVID rules isn’t just elitist hypocrisy — it’s a danger to public health

Democrats think of themselves as the “party of science,” but a lot of prominent Democratic politicians have acted like they’re immune from COVID. While imposing restrictions on travel on gatherings, they have taken unnecessary pleasure trips and attended maskless indoor parties. We’ve come to expect COVID-denialism from Trump-sycophantic Republicans, but […]
Democrats flouting their own COVID rules isn’t just elitist hypocrisy — it’s a danger to public health
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State Department reportedly sent out holiday gathering invitations for multiple parties — including one that was sent to 900 invitees — as COVID-19 surges

According to The Washington Post, large-scale holiday parties are being planned at the State Department, with one invitation sent out to 900 potential attendees. In Washington, DC, indoor gatherings are recommended to be limited to 10 people maximum. However, in a statement, the State Department told Business Insider it is […]
State Department reportedly sent out holiday gathering invitations for multiple parties — including one that was sent to 900 invitees — as COVID-19 surges
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5 major airlines are rolling out shared digital health passes to prove negative COVID-19 tests. They hope it’s a step towards recovery for an industry set to lose $157 billion.

United Airlines, Lufthansa, Virgin Atlantic, Swiss International Air Lines, and JetBlue will be accepting a digital health pass as proof of negative COVID-19 status from December. The CommonPass shows the results of passengers’ COVID-19 tests, as is designed as an international standard. In the future, it could also be used […]
5 major airlines are rolling out shared digital health passes to prove negative COVID-19 tests. They hope it’s a step towards recovery for an industry set to lose $157 billion.
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Donald Trump Jr. tested positive for COVID-19 and is quarantining

Donald Trump Jr, the president’s eldest son, tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week, Bloomberg News first reported on Friday evening. A spokesman for Trump Jr. told Business Insider that the president’s son is asymptomatic and has been isolating since he received his positive test. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for […]
Donald Trump Jr. tested positive for COVID-19 and is quarantining
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Cuomo is obliterating his own (undeserved) COVID hero myth

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo threw a fit when asked by reporters whether or not New York City schools would be open the next day. Casual Cuomo observers were shocked by the “Lov Gov”‘s fumbling belligerence. They shouldn’t be. He’s got a long track record of being a prickly, thin-skinned […]
Cuomo is obliterating his own (undeserved) COVID hero myth
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Sweden, having refused to lock down, is now bringing in tougher COVID-19 restrictions as cases and deaths soar. ‘This is the new norm,’ the prime minister said.

Sweden – the European country that refused an initial COVID-19 lockdown in March – unveiled tougher coronavirus restrictions Monday. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven told a press conference the country would limit public gatherings to eight people. Previously, the limit was 50. “Don’t go to the gym, don’t go the library, […]
Sweden, having refused to lock down, is now bringing in tougher COVID-19 restrictions as cases and deaths soar. ‘This is the new norm,’ the prime minister said.
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Zoom is removing its 40-minute limit for video chats on Thanksgiving

Zoom is removing its 40-minute video call time limit for Thanksgiving 2020, starting at midnight on November 26. The change comes as coronavirus cases in the US continue to climb and health officials urge Americans not to travel this Thanksgiving. Zoom is calling the gesture a “thank you to our […]
Zoom is removing its 40-minute limit for video chats on Thanksgiving
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Australia has secured 10 million doses of the promising Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Here’s why one expert thinks it’ll be a while until most people can get the shot.

One of Australia’s leading microbiologists says that the Pfizer vaccine trial success is an important “proof of concept”, but a widespread rollout of a vaccine remains years away. ANU’s Dr Peter Collignon said that limited manufacturing capacity and supply chain constraints reduces the likeliness that Australians to return to normal […]
Australia has secured 10 million doses of the promising Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Here’s why one expert thinks it’ll be a while until most people can get the shot.
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‘We’re gonna win this race’: Biden doesn’t declare victory in Friday-night speech, instead focusing in on unity and combatting the COVID-19 pandemic

At the Biden-Harris campaign headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, on Friday, President-elect Joe Biden spoke with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris by his side. Biden did not declare victory but urged patience and trust in the vote-counting process. Biden’s message revolved around unity, the mounting COVID-19 crisis, and the work ahead. Visit […]
‘We’re gonna win this race’: Biden doesn’t declare victory in Friday-night speech, instead focusing in on unity and combatting the COVID-19 pandemic
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Nintendo is selling so many Switch consoles that it’s predicting a $4.3 billion profit for the year — 50% more than it previously anticipated

Nintendo’s sales have boomed during the COVID-19 pandemic, as more people stayed home due to lockdowns around the world. The Japanese video games company sold more than 12 million Switch consoles between April and September, and credited sales of “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” for its rising revenues. Nintendo’s sales were […]
Nintendo is selling so many Switch consoles that it’s predicting a $4.3 billion profit for the year — 50% more than it previously anticipated
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American Medical Association slams Trump’s claim that doctors are making money from listing COVID-19 as cause of death, as cases continue to climb

The American Medical Association hit back on Friday after President Donald Trump suggested doctors are inflating COVID-19 death counts for money, as cases continue to climb across the country. During a rally in Michigan, the president erroneously claimed doctors are improperly citing COVID as a cause of death in some […]
American Medical Association slams Trump’s claim that doctors are making money from listing COVID-19 as cause of death, as cases continue to climb