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Vaccine swap deal announced between Singapore and Australia

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Singapore and Australia have agreed to a vaccine swap deal which is set to boost the global rollout of COVID jab’s

Singapore is set to send half a million Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses to Australia as part of a “vaccine swap” between the two countries, delivering a boost to the nation’s vaccination program. 

500,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine that are set to soon expire, will be sent to Australia in the first week of September, and then will be rolled out across Australia from the second week.

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The doses will be distributed equally across each state of Australia

Australia’s Federal government will then deliver half a million Pfizer vaccines back to Singapore in December, when Australia is expected to have ample supplies.

“We need to vaccinate the whole country and we need for those doses to go from one end of the country to the other and for them to be taken up,”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

Singapore has reached a vaccine milestone

Singapore has already fully vaccinated well over 80 per cent of its population against COVID-19 — making it one of the most inoculated countries in the world — and the nation has officially begun the process of easing restrictions. 

In a statement, Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it might use the 500,000 returned doses from Australia for booster shots later in the year. 

“These returned doses would come in more useful for Singapore then, potentially as booster doses for specific segments of our population that could benefit from such boosting,”

the ministry said.

Mr Morrison has hailed the vaccine swap as an example of international cooperation, stating that Australia and Singapore would continue to work together to make sure vaccines were used before they expire.

The extra doses are expected to further speed up the vaccine rollout in Australia

September is expected to be a major month of vaccinations for Australia with the Moderna jab to officially be rolled out, joining the already available vaccines; Pfizer and AstraZeneca.

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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Ex-military contractor escapes house arrest

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Mastermind of the largest corruption scandal in US Navy history is on the run after cutting of his ankle bracelet

A former military contractor who was at the centre of the largest corruption scandal in U.S. Navy history, has escaped house arrest.

It comes just three weeks before he was set to face sentencing.

The fugitive, known to many as “Fat Leonard”, pleaded guilty to bribery and fraud charges in 2015.

He bribed U.S. Navy officials with cash, prostitutes, and all-expenses paid trips, in exchange for access to military intelligence, earning him millions.

According to authorities, when police arrived at Francis’ home, all that they found was an ankle bracelet he had cut off and left in a portable cooler.

This all comes as the U.S. Military is reporting a 13 per cent spike in the number of sexual assaults last year.

It’s understood 36,000 service members had experienced unwanted sexual assault, with the Army reporting its largest spike in nearly a decade.

Despite this, the Pentagon says it is working to stamp out this poor behaviour.

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Another tanker got stuck in the Suez Canal – here’s the rescue mission

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Another ship got stuck in the Suez Canal

A crude oil tanker has been re-floated after blocking the famous Canal in Egypt.

According to a spokesman for Suez Canal Authority… the Affinity-V vessel became stuck in a single-lane stretch of the canal – but not as long as the last giant tanker of 20-21 that we all remember

The Affinity was refloated after tugboats were deployed to assist.

Affinity V was floating again about five hours later, authority spokesperson George Safwat said. 

Affinity V was travelling from Portugal to Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea port of Yanbu.

It’s unclear how much oil the Singaporean-flagged ship was carrying, but ABC reported it has a capacity to carry more than 110,000 tonnes. 

It’s been 18 months since the Ever Given container ship blocked the canal for six days.

The blockage created a massive traffic jam that held up 9 billion a day in global trade.

Thankfully… the Affinity isn’t in the same boat.

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Bojo relaxes on the beaches of Greece

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Outgoing UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has well and truly taken his foot off the gas, relaxing on the beaches of Greece as the leadership battle plays out back home

Downing Street has now confirmed Johnson will not be working on his holiday unless he is needed urgently.

It comes as he doges accusations of running a so-called ‘zombie government’ until a new leader is sworn in.

This recent trip to Greece is Johnson’s second break abroad within three weeks, as British resident struggle through a worsening energy crisis.

Meanwhile, as the outgoing P-M stretches out on the beach, two large removal trucks have turned up at Number 10 to begin his transition out of the official residence.

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