Australia news live: TGA mulls EU advice on AstraZeneca Covid vaccine and clots; pharmacies oppose N …

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Sumary of Australia news live: TGA mulls EU advice on AstraZeneca Covid vaccine and clots; pharmacies oppose NSW mass vaccination plan:

  • SA Health has issued a warning to people heading outdoors to avoid any contact with bats, after it was confirmed that two recent exposures in the state last month involved bats carrying Australian Bat Lyssavirus..
  • The SA Department for Health and wellbeing communicable disease control branch director, Dr Louise Flood, said the latest exposures were the third time in SA that ABL had been confirmed in bats, with the first detected in 2012..
  • ABL is a rabies-like disease that can be transmitted to humans if they are bitten or scratched by an infected bat and if treatment is delayed until after the onset of symptoms, the condition is invariably fatal..
  • While the development of ABL from bat bites or scratches can be prevented through prompt wound management and post exposure prophylaxis, it is important to avoid contact in the first place.”.
  • “We confirm that the president of the European Commission has received a letter from the Australian prime minister on this topic and we will reply in due time.”.
  • Australian Medical Association president Omar Khorshid has backed up the safety of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine amid blood clotting concerns..
  • Asked about calls for alternatives, after moves in the United Kingdom to offer anyone under 30 an alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine, Khorshid noted most younger Australians are not scheduled to start receiving their vaccine for some months..
  • Nationals senator Matt Canavan believes Australians who are in the populations deemed vulnerable to blood clotting from the AstraZeneca vaccine should be offered an alternative vaccine..
  • Earlier in the TV spot, he also called for former Australia Post chief Christine Holgate to be reinstated to her role, and said he supported Liberal MP Andrew Laming remaining in the LNP party room despite an Australian Electoral Commission investigation into running a network of Facebook pages, as well as allegations of abusing constituents..
  • The Australian government says it will not resile from raising human rights concerns as the foreign minister, Marise Payne, renewed her “deeply held concerns”.
  • The comments follow yesterday two-hour-long press event at the residence of the Chinese ambassador to Australia, Cheng Jingye, who said Beijing would respond “in kind”.
  • The Chinese embassy-arranged press event included a video conference with officials in Xinjiang who said the estimate that at least 1 million Uyghurs and members of other minority groups were in concentration camps was “fabrication”.
  • In an interview with Sky News Australia this afternoon, Payne began by expressing support for democratic values of free speech and a free media, and noted that diplomats in Australia were able to avail themselves of that freedom..
  • Asked if Australia would follow the EU, UK, US and Canada in imposing sanctions on Chinese officials over human rights abuses in Xinjiang, Payne noted that Australia did not have the same sorts of sanctions systems as those countries (such as Magnitsky-style laws), and did not currently have an autonomous sanctions regime in place for China..
  • The Australian Council of Trade Unions is concerned the Morrison government announcement on sex discrimination law reforms don’t go far enough to protect women in the workplace..
  • This is something the government can influence in the next month because there will be a meeting of commonwealth and state and territory health and safety ministers..
  • Grace Tame expresses incredulity at PM’s choice of Amanda Stoker as assistant minister for women Liberal National senator for Queensland Amanda Stoker has just been speaking to ABC News about the amendments to the sex discrimination law the Morrison government announced today..
  • Stoker, who was criticised by Australian of the Year Grace Tame last week after she was appointed as the new assistant minister for women, was defending the government response to the Respect@Work report and recommendations made by Kate Jenkins in March 2020..
  • We’ve got to say we aspire at all times to give genuine equality of opportunity to all Australians no matter what their sex, no matter what walk of life they come from..
  • But to promise equality of outcome is a falsehood and doesn’t reflect the divergent goals and aspirations of Australians..
  • Liz Fitch has been promoted to the position of director of media, while Matthew Franklin will take on the role of senior press secretary..
  • AAP reports the NT government wants Australian workers to fill the shortfall and help harvest the more than 75,000-tonne melon crop, which includes seeded and seedless watermelons and rockmelons..
  • The $70 million per year NT industry is critical to national melon supply and allows shoppers to buy the produce 12 months of the year….

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