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Novavax seeks approval in Australia as Indonesia gives green light



Novavax has completed it’s application to the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration for provisional approval.

If successful, the vaccine would be the fourth approved jab in Australia, after AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna.

It would also become the first protein-based vaccination eligible for use within the country.

Novavax, also announced they’ve recently filed for authorisation with the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, while the jab has been approved for emergency use within Indonesia.

“This submission brings Novavax significantly closer to delivering doses of the first protein-based COVID-19 vaccine to Australia and, along with this week’s filing for conditional marketing authorisation in the UK, brings us one step closer to our goal of ensuring broad global access to our vaccine,”

Novavax President and CEO Stanley C. Erck said in a statement.

The Novavax vaccine works as a two-dose jab, administered 21 days apart.

The vaccine is stored at 2C – 8C, which means existing cold chain channels can be used for the vaccine supply.

How effective is the Novavax jab in comparison to others?

According to the company’s clinical trial of 15,000 participants in Britain, the vaccine showed a 96.4 per cent efficacy against the original virus strain.

It also displayed 86.3 per cent effectiveness against the Alpha variant and 89.7 per cent efficacy overall.

While the biotech company claims a pivotal Phase 3 trial of 30,000 participants in the United States and Mexico showed a 100 per cent protection against moderate and severe disease, with a 90.4 per cent efficacy overall.

However, the company could not provide statistics against the current dominant Delta variant.

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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Streaming wars: can Apple compete with Spotify?



Spotify’s 2023 Wrapped has dropped prompting listeners to review their top artists, genres, and songs of the year.

Many are taking to social media platforms to share their listening trends with family, friends, coworkers, and even other fans on the internet.

While Apple Music, a rival platform, has its own year-end campaign—it hasn’t quite ignited the same online response.

Seth Schachner, the Managing Director at StratAmericas and a former Sony Music Executive joins Veronica Dudo to discuss. #Spotify #music #Apple #AppleMusic #SpotifyWrapped #streaming #featured #IN AMERICA TODAY

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What Australia can learn from NZ’s supermarket inquiry



Coles and Woolworths, two of Australia’s largest supermarket chains, are about to face a Senate inquiry that aims to scrutinise their market dominance and business practices.

The inquiry’s parallels with a past New Zealand investigation highlight the growing concern over the duopoly’s impact on consumers and smaller businesses.

The Senate inquiry, set to begin next month, comes as a response to mounting public pressure and allegations of anti-competitive behavior in the grocery sector.

New Zealand example

Similar concerns led New Zealand to conduct its own inquiry into the supermarket industry back in 2019, resulting in recommendations for increased regulation and transparency.

The central question here is whether Coles and Woolworths wield too much power in the Australian market, potentially stifling competition and limiting choices for consumers.

With the New Zealand example as a cautionary tale, many are wondering if this inquiry will result in meaningful changes to the Australian grocery landscape.

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Elon Musk: Nikki Haley’s ‘campaign is dead’



Elon Musk has thrown a verbal jab at former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, declaring her political campaign as “dead” on X.

The unexpected comment from the Tesla and SpaceX CEO has ignited a new wave of discussion within the political sphere, leaving many wondering about the implications for Haley’s political future.

In a tweet that garnered significant attention, Musk criticized Haley’s recent policy stance, writing, “Nikki Haley’s campaign is dead on arrival if she continues to ignore the urgency of climate change.

We need leaders who prioritize the planet’s future.” The tech mogul’s remarks come as Haley, a prominent Republican figure, has been exploring the possibility of running for president in the upcoming election cycle.

Musk’s statement has reignited the debate over climate change within the Republican Party, with many conservatives emphasizing economic interests over environmental concerns.

This raises questions about whether Musk’s endorsement or critique could influence the GOP’s stance on climate issues and potentially impact the 2024 presidential race.

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