Transcript – 2GB interview with Mark Levy

E&OE…                       Topics: COVID-19 vaccinations; Vaccination rollout timeline, International travel   MARK LEVY: Now, Australia’s rollout of the coronavirus vaccine could begin as early as the beginning of March instead of later in the month as originally planned. The vaccination program is expected to be finished by October.   I spoke to the Prime Minister,…

Transcript – Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE…                       Topics: COVID-19 cases in NSW and VIC; Commonwealth investment in clinical trial programs.   GREG HUNT: Good afternoon everybody and thank you for joining us today.   Shortly before joining you, I spoke with the Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly, and he was very heartened in particular both by the level…

$10 million for high potential COVID-19 related clinical trials

By mid-2021, volunteers aged between 18 and 75 years will be recruited for an accelerated clinical trial of two ‘next generation’ vaccines against COVID-19, developed by researchers at the University of Melbourne.   These clinical trials are among six chosen to receive immediate funding totalling $10.1 million from the Morrison Government’s Medical Research Future Fund’s…

Transcript – Doorstop – Melbourne

E&OE…             Topics: Additions to PBS, COVID vaccines, pre-flight testing, hotel quarantine systems, update on new strains.     GREG HUNT: I want to thank Australians for their work and their contribution during what has been a different and, in some cases, difficult Christmas. But it’s been a safe Christmas, and that’s been immensely important.…

Transcript – 3AW interview with Ross Stevenson

E&OE…                       Topics: COVID vaccine distribution announcement; March rollout; University of Queensland COVID vaccine; Priority groups.   ROSS STEVENSON: Well we know the United States, we know parts of Europe now have started distributing and giving out the COVID-19 vaccines.   Australia is going to happen in March, but today some significant news from the…

Transcript – Today Show interview with David Campbell

E&OE…                       Topics: COVID vaccine distribution announcement; Distribution to remote communities; Emergency rollout before March; Positive healthcare worker who transported aged care resident.   DAVID CAMPBELL: There’s another milestone in Australia’s race for a coronavirus vaccine thing morning – the Federal Government revealing new details on exactly how the jab will be distributed across the…

Contracts signed for rollout of COVID-19 vaccine

Contracts have been signed with companies to partner with the Australian Government to safely distribute COVID-19 vaccines to all Australians from March next year.   The contracts cover three vital aspects of the vaccine rollout:   Distribution and logistics— industry leading providers DHL and Linfox will undertake COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Data—Accenture will provide tracking of…

Government boosts funding for community pharmacies to support more rural and regional communities

The Coalition Government is providing more than $100 million for regional, rural and remote pharmacies to better support their communities through an expansion to a critical regional pharmacy program. Over 400 additional pharmacies will be eligible for the Regional Pharmacy Maintenance Allowance (RPMA) program under changes announced today, with very remote pharmacies receiving significant additional…

Preventing nicotine uptake by young Australians with prescription based vaping

The Government is responding to the independent regulatory decision of the TGA today with a range of measures to support the cessation of smoking, and to help prevent teenagers taking up pathways to smoking.   As noted in the TGA decision (https://www.tga.gov.au/scheduling-decision-final/notice-final-decision-amend-current-poisons-standard-nicotine), from 1 October 2021, consumers importing nicotine will require a doctor’s prescription to…