/ 01 March 2021

Meanwhile, in coronavirus news

– Australia has doubled its coronavirus vaccine stock after 300,000 AstraZeneca doses landed in Sydney on Sunday morning. The shipment is the first of 3.8 million doses of the vaccine that will come from Europe with another 50 million to be manufactured in Australia by medical giant CSL. They will start being rolled out next week after quality tests are complete. While Australians have been getting vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine from last week, most will receive the AstraZeneca jab in the coming months. The biggest decision: to selfie or not to selfie?

– US regulators have given emergency approval for the single shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine – the 3rd jab to be authorised there. Health officials are excited because one shot is easier to administer across their large population, it’s cheaper to produce than the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and can be stored in a refrigerator rather than a freezer.

– Two new cases of COVID have put Auckland back into a week-long lockdown starting yesterday. New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern has pleaded with locals to “please follow the rules” with the rest of the country moving to level 2 restrictions. That will make the upcoming Aussie men’s T20 cricket and women’s netball internationals against New Zealand crowd-free affairs.

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