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…

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…

Government launches enhanced headspace in Busselton

Young people in Busselton and surrounds will now have easier access to mental health services with the opening of an expanded headspace satellite service this week. As part of the Australian Government’s $111.3 million funding commitment to expanding the headspace network, additional ongoing funding has been provided to upgrade the service from an outpost to…

Australia well prepared for COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Australia is well placed for the rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine, once clinical trials and the regulator has confirmed safety and effectiveness. Under the Morrison Government’s COVID-19 Vaccine and Treatment Strategy, Australia has secured 134.8 million doses through advance purchasing agreements with four suppliers: AstraZeneca/Oxford, University of Queensland/CSL, Novavax and Pfizer/BioNTech. In addition, Australia has…

Transcript – Sunrise interview with Edwina Bartholomew

E&OE… Topics: New COVID vaccine agreements. EDWINA BARTHOLOMEW: Australia has secured two more potential COVID vaccines, boosting the nation’s chance of being immunised next year. The agreements with Novavax and Pfizer will deliver 50 million doses, by early 2021, if they prove safe and effective. And for more, I’m joined by Health Minister, Greg Hunt,…