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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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Queen Elizabeth not attending COP26 climate event

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Buckingham Palace says the Queen is accepting doctor’s advice to rest

Following a health scare just last week… Queen Elizabeth will not be attending the upcoming COP-26 climate event in Glasgow.

This comes as doctors advise the royal to rest and comes just hours after she carried out her first official engagements since being admitted to hospital.

On Tuesday, Elizabeth met virtually with the ambassador of Korea and Switzerland.

Last week, Buckingham Palace revealed the monarch spent a night in hospital for “preliminary investigations”… but returned home in “good spirits”.

Meanwhile, the Queen was due to attend an evening reception in Glasgow on Monday but will deliver a video message instead.

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Jeff Bezos unveils plans for commercial space station

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Jeff Bezos’ space tourism company, Blue Origin, has announced plans to launch a space station in Earth’s orbit.

The station will be named “Orbital Reef,” and is projected to be built and operational by the end of the decade.

The company says the station will be serve as a “mixed-use business park” in space and will host up to 10 people.

Promotional material released by the company revealed the 32-thousand square foot station will provide customers with an ideal location for “filmmaking in microgravity”, or “conducting cutting-edge research”.

It’s also speculated that the space station will include a “space hotel”.

The company will partner with Sierra Space and Boeing to build the outpost.

The announcement comes amid NASA efforts to find a proposal to replace the International Space Station (ISS), which is now more than 20 years old and in desperate need of repair.

This will include $400m in private contracts to space companies to help the agency replace the ageing outpost.

There is likely to be stiff competition for the funding, and Blue Origin is the latest firm to unveil their space station concept, joining space firms Nanoracks, Voyager Space and Lockheed Martin, who have teamed up to launch a station into low orbit by 2027.

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Facebook, YouTube remove Bolsonaro video with false vaccine claim

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Facebook and YouTube have both removed videos from their platforms featuring Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro, in which the leader makes a false claim that COVID-19 vaccines are linked to developing AIDS.

Both sites said the video violated their policies.

“We removed a video from Jair Bolsonaro’s channel for violating our medical disinformation policy regarding COVID-19 for alleging that vaccines don’t reduce the risk of contracting the disease and that they cause other infectious diseases, and that they cause other infectious diseases,” YouTube said in a statement.

Last month, YouTube moved to remove vaccine misinformation of all kinds from its platform, and has removed more than 1 million videos related to COVID-19 vaccine misinformation since the pandemic began.

Earlier this year, YouTube removed videos from Bolsonaro’s official channel where he recommended using hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin against COVID-19, two drugs that are proven to be ineffective in the treatment of the disease.

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