The latest on the coronavirus pandemic and vaccines

Sunday, 21 Feb, 2021

British Columbia has hit a one-day record for vaccinations as new preliminary data from residents of long-term care homes and health-care workers shows the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine reduces the risk of the virus within two to three weeks.

Australia is giving priority to hotel quarantine and border workers, front-line health-care workers and aged-care residents and staff.

The 84-year-old received the Pfizer jab today at Sydney's Castle Hill Medical Centre.

"Jane Malysiak has seen many historic days in Australia over the course of her more than 80 years of life", he said.

"She came here from Europe when she was 13 and she's built an unbelievable life in this country".

Flight MH604, bearing the Jalur Gemilang livery (pix) to symbolise the vaccine is for Malaysians, landed at 10.07am with the first batch of 312,390 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Extreme winter weather across the United States has delayed the shipment of almost 6 million vaccine doses this week, White House officials said on Friday.

Up to 4 million Australians are expected to receive a COVID-19 vaccine voluntarily by March, with Morrison and Paul Kelly, the country's chief medical officer, among a small group of Australians receiving the first inoculations.

The country's vaccination programme is starting months after other nations', following its provisional approval of the Pfizer product for use in January.

The first jabs come after hundreds of people took to the streets on Saturday to protest against having the vaccination.

A deputy is seen on the bodycam footage scolding the women for committing fraud to try to get COVID-19 vaccines.

"There was a very strong focus on the need for key leaders, not the parliament, not the cabinet, not even the leadership group, but a cross-party group, to provide that confidence", Mr Hunt said.

Its seven countries - the US, Canada, Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Japan - promised Friday to share doses more fairly with worse-off countries.

"I will check that my department is not, but on my watch, until this issue is resolved, there will not be Facebook advertising", he said.

Mr Hunt accused Facebook of acting like "sovereign bullies", arguing it "won't get away with it".

It also would set aside $800 million to the National Health Service Corps to support primary health care clinicians in high-need areas and $331 million for Teaching Health Centers to expand the number of sites across the country.