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Airbus delivers first A350 jet from China plant

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Airbus is taking on China as a hub to help build its planes

Airbus has delivered the first A350 widebody jet from its Chinese Tianjin final assembly plant.

The aircraft was made for China Eastern Airlines and the completion further bolsters the manufacturer’s industrial footprint in China relative to rival Boeing.

The work conducted in Tianjin on the jet includes cabin installation, painting, production flight test, and aircraft delivery, Airbus said in a statement.

Airbus has been more aggressive than Boeing in moving parts of its manufacturing process to China

The planemaker has slowly transitioned its manufacturing to the communist nation, with the hope of increasing its share of sales in the world’s biggest market for new planes.

In 2008, Tianjin became the company’s first final assembly line for the A320 narrowbody jet outside Europe, and in 2017 it became a completion and delivery facility for the A330.

Airbus expects to deliver a total of five A350s from Tianjin this year

Airbus has been gaining market share in China as the domestic travel market has rebounded to pre-COVID leves.

Over at competitor, Boeing, the US-based manufacturer is still grappling with Chinese scrutiny over the 737 MAX and the death of orders of the troubled jet.

Boeing waited until December 2018 to open its first completion plant in China at Zhoushan for the 737 MAX, however, due to the model being grounded three months later following a second fatal crash, the MAX is yet to be approved in China.

Airbus gains Chinese popularity

Airbus successfully delivered 99 planes to China last year.

64 more jets were also delivered in the first half of this year despite the global pandemic.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Sydney will hit 70% vaccination today

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Sydney’s state Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced that the state is on track to reach 70% vaccination rate today

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says that 70% of her state will have their first vaccination by the end of today.

This comes as Sydney and New South Wales recorded 1,288 new Covid cases over the past 24 hours.

The premier says:

“Now we’ve hit 70% first dose across the state, we have some greater flexibility of looking at how we can ease the burden of citizens”.

She also flagged that at an 80% full vaccination rate, she wants to open New South Wales up to international travel

Berejiklian said that the state’s “outstanding achievement” has allowed her to ease all one-hour daily exercise restrictions. The restrictions had been put in place across twelve hotspot areas across the state.

“I want to remind citizens that 70 per cent double-dose will be different to what we’re experiencing today,” she said.

“70 per cent double-dose vaccination will allow us to do the things we’ve all been missing. It allows us to interact with one another safely.

“But again I want to stress this, the privileges that will extend at 70 per cent double-dose are only for those who are double vaccinated. So get vaccinated now.”

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Vaccine swap deal announced between Singapore and Australia

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Singapore and Australia have agreed to a vaccine swap deal which is set to boost the global rollout of COVID jab’s

Singapore is set to send half a million Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses to Australia as part of a “vaccine swap” between the two countries, delivering a boost to the nation’s vaccination program. 

500,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine that are set to soon expire, will be sent to Australia in the first week of September, and then will be rolled out across Australia from the second week.

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The doses will be distributed equally across each state of Australia

Australia’s Federal government will then deliver half a million Pfizer vaccines back to Singapore in December, when Australia is expected to have ample supplies.

“We need to vaccinate the whole country and we need for those doses to go from one end of the country to the other and for them to be taken up,”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

Singapore has reached a vaccine milestone

Singapore has already fully vaccinated well over 80 per cent of its population against COVID-19 — making it one of the most inoculated countries in the world — and the nation has officially begun the process of easing restrictions. 

In a statement, Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it might use the 500,000 returned doses from Australia for booster shots later in the year. 

“These returned doses would come in more useful for Singapore then, potentially as booster doses for specific segments of our population that could benefit from such boosting,”

the ministry said.

Mr Morrison has hailed the vaccine swap as an example of international cooperation, stating that Australia and Singapore would continue to work together to make sure vaccines were used before they expire.

The extra doses are expected to further speed up the vaccine rollout in Australia

September is expected to be a major month of vaccinations for Australia with the Moderna jab to officially be rolled out, joining the already available vaccines; Pfizer and AstraZeneca.

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Smoke-free world? Cigarette maker in partnership with asthma inhaler firm

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In a unique move, cigarette maker Philip Morris have entered a tender period with asthma inhaler firm Vectura shareholders

The move has sparked controversy with campaign groups sharply criticising tobacco giants for advocating themselves as part of the move to a smoke-free world.

Earlier this month, an open letter signed by 35 health charities and public health experts urged Vectura board members to reject a takeover bid.

They warned that Vectura may lose access to government grants due to a UN tobacco control treaty under which 180 countries agreed to curb the influence of the tobacco industry on health policy.

“Many university and hospital collaborations are likely to be rejected and participation in clinical trials blocked, disrupting crucial drug development – one of Vectura’s major business activities,” the signatories said.

“A takeover by PMI is therefore likely to cause significant disruption to Vectura’s operations and future profitability for its shareholders.”

Despite this Phillip Morris says they are committed to making their company “smoke free”

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