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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. 


North Korea fires short-range ballistic missile



The launch continues a provocative streak in weapons testing as a US aircraft carrier visits South Korea

The launch was detected by South Korean and US militaries, who are currently conducting their annual joint military exercises in the region.

The US aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson is also taking part in the exercises, in a show of force against North Korea’s continued nuclear and missile testing.

North Korea's push to improve the lives of citizens

North Korea’s push to improve the lives of citizens

North Korea has conducted a series of missile and nuclear tests in recent months, despite international condemnation and UN sanctions.

The latest launch comes just days after North Korea test-fired a new type of anti-aircraft missile, and as the US prepares to deploy its THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea.

The US has also sent a naval strike group to the region in a show of force, and is reportedly considering additional sanctions against North Korea.

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Super Typhoon Noru smashes into the Philippines



Super Typhoon Noru is continuing to strengthen as it approaches the northern Philippines.

The storm is expected to make landfall late Sunday afternoon local time and could bring damaging winds and heavy rains to the region.

Noru is currently a Category 3 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph (185 km/h).

The typhoon is expected to bring heavy rains and strong winds to the Philippines, which could lead to significant damage.

If you are in the path of Super Typhoon Noru, be sure to take all necessary precautions to protect yourself and your property from the storm.

Stay tuned to local news and weather reports for the latest information on the typhoon’s path and expected impacts.

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Iran cuts internet access over “hijab violation”



Iranian authorities say they will restrict internet access in the country until calm is restored to the streets

Protests over the death of a young woman in the custody of the morality police continue to rock the Islamic Republic.

Thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets in protest since the death last week of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was apprehended in Tehran and taken to a “re-education center,” apparently for not wearing her hijab properly.

Amini’s death has sparked outrage among Iranian women, who have long been subject to repressive rules mandating their dress and behavior.

In recent years, the government has stepped up its enforcement of these rules, with morality police attacking women for offenses such as wearing loose headscarves or talking to men in public.

The death of Amini, who was reportedly beaten in custody, has galvanized young Iranians who are fed up with the repression they have faced for their entire lives.

In addition to taking to the streets, they are using social media to spread the word about the protests and to call for an end to the government’s oppressive policies.

It remains to be seen whether the current wave of protests will lead to lasting change in Iran. But one thing is clear: the country’s young people are no longer willing to tolerate the status quo.

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