Transcript – Doorstop – Canberra

E&OE…                       Topics: Blood donation drive; COVID outbreak in SA; ADF support; Moderna vaccine; US troops in Afghanistan and Iraq; 2021 Tokyo Olympics.   STEVEN ELDRIDGE: So, a big thank you for everyone coming here today. My name’s Steve Eldridge. I’m the Regional Director for Donor Services here at Australian Red Cross LifeBlood.   Today,…

Transcript – Doorstop – Canberra

E&OE… Topics: PBS expanded listing of Spinraza for pre-symptomatic children and infants with spinal muscular atrophy; Genetic screenings for SMA; Vaping; COVID-19 vaccine rollout strategy; Bringing overseas Australians home; International borders; Masks in Victoria. GREG HUNT: Seona and Hugo are parents of Chloe and Matilda, or Tilly. Tilly is a beautiful young girl, four years…

Life-saving SMA medicine to be made available to Australian babies

Access to a life-saving and life-changing medicine will soon be expanded for Australian children and infants with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), thanks to a breakthrough medicines listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). From 1 December, subsidised access to the life-changing medicine Spinraza® (nusinersen) will be expanded to include children and infants genetically diagnosed with…

New $4.57 million clinical training facility expands healthcare access in Bega

A new clinical training facility at the Bega Hospital will expand healthcare access for residents across the region, following its official opening today. The training facility will support medical, nursing, midwifery and allied health students to learn directly from health professionals and pursue their careers in Bega. Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, said the new…

Transcript – Doorstop – Brisbane

E&OE… Topics: University of Queensland COVID-19 vaccine trials; Vaccine trials; Role of healthcare workers; International borders; Sugar Tax; Victorian Government announcement for an Institute of Infectious Diseases in Melbourne. DEBORAH TERRY: Minister Hunt, this is an opportunity for us to thank you very much for the Federal Government’s support for, obviously, UQ’s vaccine work, obviously…

Transcript – 4BC interview with Neil Breen

E&OE… Topics: University of Queensland COVID-19 vaccine; Pfizer vaccine; Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine; Novavax vaccine; Vaccine rollout; Australian vaccination rates; Queensland/NSW border. NEIL BREEN: Federal Health Minister, Greg Hunt, arrived in Queensland overnight. He’s heading to the University of Queensland today to check on the process of its vaccine. It’s looking promising, with hopes it is…

Transcript – Doorstop – Canberra

E&OE… Topics: Vaccine agreements and development; Manufacturing; Vaccine budget; Cold chain distribution network; Indemnity; Provisional determination and provisional approval; Private contracts; Expanding the Pfizer agreement; Expectation of an effective vaccination process being completed; Communications strategy; GREG HUNT: I’m delighted to be here today at the Therapeutic Goods Administration to be joined by the head of…