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Calls for Australia to send AstraZeneca vaccines to Indonesia

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There are calls for Australia to send AstraZeneca vaccines over to Indonesia, as the country to ensure the highly-effective vaccine brand does not go to waste

Australia has millions of AstraZeneca vaccines on hand, with millions stockpiled in storage awaiting to be used. But with the rare side effect of blood clotting linked to the jab, many Australians are opting to receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine instead.

Australian politician Josh Burns has called for 6 million doses of the vaccine to be shipped off and used within Indonesia, as the transcontinental country in Southeast Asia continues the rollout of the vaccine.

Mr Burns wrote to the Lowy Institute on Tuesday urging Australia’s Federal Government to not to leave the nation’s hefty stockpile of spare AstraZeneca jabs to sit in storage until they reach their expiry date, instead put them to use.

“Despite having a shortage of supply during the crucial winter months that led to extended lockdowns for major cities, Australia now has the reverse dilemma – a growing stockpile of over six million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines sitting in fridges and an ongoing production of one million doses a week,”

Mr Burns said.

Indonesia has already administered over 100 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine

Due to Indonesia being a nation made up of thousands of scattered islands, the rollout of the vaccine has been a challenge, with the country struggling to inoculate its population.

So far, Australia plans to deliver 500,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to Indonesia, as part of the nation’s partnership with its close neighbour.

“These vaccine doses are the first instalment of Australia’s commitment to share 2.5 million AstraZeneca doses with Indonesia in 2021. They are an important component of Australia’s health response package for Indonesia, announced in July, adding to the 1000 ventilators, 700 oxygen concentrators and 20,000 rapid antigen tests already delivered.”

The Federal Government says

At present, only 20 per cent of the Indonesian population has been fully vaccinated, with around 35 per cent having received at least one dose.

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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How the U.S. could respond to a Ukraine nuclear blast

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As concerns grow over Russian President Vladimir Putin’s nuclear saber-rattling, what would a U.S. response look like?

While U.S. officials have stressed there are plans being developed to counter a range of moves by Moscow, they have thus far kept specifics under wraps.

Here are some of the options reportedly under consideration:

1. Economic sanctions: This is seen as the least provocative option, and one that would likely have the most international support. It would also be the easiest to implement, as the Treasury Department has already put together a list of high-profile Russian individuals and entities that could be targeted.

2. Military action: While not off the table, this is considered a last resort due to the risks involved. Possible scenarios include positioning additional U.S. troops and equipment in NATO countries bordering Russia, or carrying out precision strikes on Russian targets in Ukraine.

3. Cyberattacks: Stuxnet-style malware could be used to take down critical infrastructure inside Russia, or disruptive attacks could be launched against government websites and other online resources.

4. Forcefully breaking up Russia’s energy exports: This would involve using diplomatic and economic pressure to dissuade European countries from buying oil and gas from Russia, which is its main source of revenue.

 

5. Supporting regime change in Moscow: While this option is not being actively pursued by the Biden administration, some hawkish lawmakers have called for it. This would likely involve funding opposition groups inside Russia and working to foment popular discontent with Putin’s rule.

 

With tensions between the U.S. and Russia at their highest levels since the end of the Cold War, it’s clear that somethingneeds to be done to prevent further escalation.

The question is, what? economic sanctions, military action, cyberattacks, breaking up Russia’s energy exports, or regime change in Moscow?

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Biden says nuclear ‘armageddon’ threat is back

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U.S. President says the nuclear ‘armageddon’ threat is back for first time since Cuban Missile Crisis

The president was speaking at a fundraiser event, where he said Russian President Vladimir Putin was “not joking when he spoke about the use of tactical nuclear weapons.

U.S. officials have been warning that Russia could use weapons of mass destruction in Ukraine.

But they believe there’s been no change to Russia’s nuclear forces for the time being.

It comes as the leaders of more than 40 European nations convened in Prague to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Ukraine’s leader Volodymyr Zelensky spoke via video link.

UK Prime Minister Liz Truss says the summit is “not about moving closer to Europe” but “about working with Europe”.

When pressed about her working relationship with Macron, Truss admitted he is a ‘friend’.

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Spectator dead following violent clashes at a football stadium

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One person has died in clashes at an Argentinian football stadium

Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to stop fans from pushing into the crowded venue.

But that wasn’t enough, with many fans squeezing through fencing to escape the violence and get onto the field.

The incident took place around 50 kilometres south of the nation’s capital

The game was suspended nine minutes into play.

A 57-year-old man experienced cardiac arrest while being transferred from the stadium to the hospital.

It comes five days after 131 people died in a stampede prompted by Indonesian police firing tear gas inside a stadium.

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