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Moderna vaccine ‘strongly protects’ teens from COVID

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Moderna vaccine 'strongly protects' children from COVID

Pharmaceutical company Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine strongly protects children as young as 12

Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine ‘strongly protects’ teens aged between 12 and 17.

The company studied the effects of their vaccine on more than 3,700 12- to 17-year-olds.

Preliminary findings showed the vaccine triggered the same immune response in kids and teens as it does in adults. This includes temporary side effects such as sore arms, headache, and fatigue.

Moderna also said the vaccine appeared 93 percent effective two weeks after the first dose in teens.

At least 316 children have died in the US alone, according to a tally by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Child receiving a COVID test

The new data could speed up the global rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine

Earlier this month, the US and Canada authorized the Pfizer for children aged older than 12.

Moderna aims to be next in line, saying it will submit the new data to the US Food and Drug Administration early next month.

Both Pfizer and Moderna have also begun testing their vaccines in younger children and babies.

This comes after US Preisident Joe Biden said “America will never be fully safe” from COVID

The Biden administration announced that the country will share an additional 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines with the world by the end of June.

It follows the White House previously allocating 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The vaccines will be a combination of Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson

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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Four dead in Russian military plane crash

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Four people have been killed after a Russian military plane suffered an engine malfunction

The plane reportedly crashed in the city of Ryazan, which is located southeast of Moscow.

It’s believed five others are also injured. However, it is unclear how many were on board.

The Ilyushin IL-76 military cargo plane is a long-range aircraft, which can reportedly carry over 100 troops.

An Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft, which is similar to the one involved in the incident.

Local authorities say the plane suffered a malfunction while on a training flight.

Russia’s Defence Minister is yet to give any further details on the crash, or about the victims.

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Double election defeat for UK Conservatives

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives have suffered defeat in two parliamentary by-elections

UK Conservatives have lost two crucial seats in England, which could spark concerns about Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s future.

The centrist Liberal Democrat party won the seats of Tiverton and Honiton.

The seats are in a Conservative part of south-west England, where a majority of 24,000 has been overturned.

The Liberal Democrats say it is their biggest ever majority turn around at a parliamentary by election.

“Tonight, the people of Tiverton and Honiton have spoken for Britain. They’ve sent a loud and clear message: It’s time for Boris Johnson to go, and go now.”

winning candidate Richard Foord

The losses have renewed calls for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign after a police investigation into gatherings at his Downing Street offices.

Johnson recently survived a vote of no-confidence, which secured his term as Prime Minister for another 12 months.

It also follows the Conservatives winning a landslide majority in three decades during the last national election.

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Protestors disrupt Chinese ambassador’s speech in Sydney

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Protesters are causing disruptions during an address by China’s Ambassador to Australia

Xiao Qian is in Sydney, where is he speaking about how to improve ties between the two countries.

One protester described Mr Xiao as a “representative of a dictatorship” and accused the Chinese Government of committing genocide against Uyghur Muslims.

Others were heard shouting “Free Tibet”, and another was asked to leave the venue prior to the event because he was dressed in a military costume.

The speech was widely seen as an attempt to ease relations between the two countries.

China has put trade sanctions on Australia, while a recent encounter took place between a Chinese fighter jet and an Australian maritime aircraft over the South China Sea.

Security guards reportedly ushered the protesters.

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