Meanwhile, in coronavirus news today…
• The Delta strain has “mild” effects on children, a new report from the National Centre for Immunisation and Research confirmed yesterday. Sure, the virus has spread 5 times faster in NSW educational facilities than in previous outbreaks, but 2% of children who have caught have been hospitalised. Most of those were for ‘social reasons’ like their COVID infected parents requiring medical care.
• Emails sent between Pfizer and federal officials mid last year show Health Minister Greg Hunt turned down an initial offer from the pharmaceutical giant to discuss its vaccine. The comms released under freedom of information show his department’s chief drug wheeler-and-dealer taking the lead. Oz signed its first contract with Pfizer in November. The Morrison Government continues to reject claims it was slow to act.
• And the Feds will start making vaccine passports available for vaxxed Aussies from next month. There are questions about how they will be used within Australia. As for international travel, restrictions are not expected to start lifting until December, when at least 80% of the eligible population is double jabbed. Also ready to shake off restrictions: regional Victoria (sans Shepparton) and regional NSW…
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