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Here’s when to expect a Pfizer jab if you’re under 40

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The head of Australia’s Covid-19 taskforce says Australian’s under the age of 40 can expect to be eligible to receive a Pfizer or Moderna Covid jab around September or October

Most Australians under 40 are currently not eligible for Pfizer or Moderna, but can opt to receive the AstraZeneca jab, according to the head of the COVID-19 vaccine taskforce.

Supplies of Pfizer and Moderna are expected to massively ramp up in the coming months, but nearly 8,000 younger Australians have opted to receive the AstraZeneca jab instead.

Lieutenant General John Frewen has told the ABC that younger Australians could be given a choice as to which mRNA jab they receive, once enough doses arrive and access is expanded.

“We’re seeing demand right now in that group of people to take AstraZeneca now rather than wait for an alternate later in the year,” he said.

“When we have adequate supplies, I think that’s a logical step.”

Health officials have previously warned younger Australians against the AstraZeneca vaccine due to rare but potentially deadly blood clots.

“AstraZeneca is open to under 40s with informed consent with their GPs.”

This deadline comes as millions of the nation’s residents remain in lockdown due to Covid outbreaks.

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Indonesia’s inflation soars to a 5-year high

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Indonesia’s inflation rate has hit a five-year high, as businesses continue to pass rising costs onto consumers

As countries around the world deal with the rising cost of living, Indonesia’s inflation rate has exceeded predictions.

The country’s consumer price index rose just above 4 percent in June, which is the biggest year-on-year climb since 2017.

This blew the Bank of Indonesia’s estimates out of the water, with the Bank expecting a rise of between 2 and 4 percent.

Experts say June’s inflation was largely triggered by red chilies, cayenne pepper, cooking oil, and shallots.

Prices of food, beverages, and tobacco all rose above 8 percent, and transportation is also helping drive inflation, especially in airline passenger fees due to high fuel costs.

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Several dead after horror shooting at Copenhagen shopping centre

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Several people are dead after a gunman opened fire at a shopping centre in Copenhagen

A mass shooting incident in one of Denmark’s largest shopping centres has left several people dead and others injured.

A 22-year-old Danish man has been arrested, with police refusing to rule out the attack being an act of terrorism.

Authorities arrived at Field’s mall in the Danish capital late on Sunday afternoon local time, as people were told to stay put and wait for assistance.

Local media has published images of terrified shoppers running for safety, with eyewitnesses describing panic as gunfire echoed through the shopping centre.

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Singer Harry Styles was due to perform in the city, but the concert has been cancelled. Attendees have asked to leave Copenhagen’s Royal Arena.

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The multi-storey shopping mall where the attack occurred is around 5 kilometres south of downtown Copenhagen.

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U.S. watching China ‘very closely’ over Taiwan

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The United States is watching China ‘very closely’, but a top official says an attack on Taiwan is ‘not imminent’

China views Taiwan as a breakaway province that must be reunified with the mainland, and by force, if necessary.

United States Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley told the BBC that China is developing a capability to attack Taiwan at some point in time.

Milley says whether or not the nation does this is a political and policy choice, based on how the Chinese view the cost and risk-benefit at the time.

Beijing has accused Washington of supporting Taiwan’s independence vowing to ‘crush’ any such attempt.

Back in May, U.S. President Joe Biden said China was “flirting with danger” by flying warplanes close to Taiwan. The President has vowed to protect the island militarily if required.

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