Good morning everyone, it’s
Matilda Boseley here with you on the blog this morning and I hope you are all feeling well because I have some Covid-19 news for you this morning.
According to NSW authorities, it’s likely that at least two of the five people diagnosed with Covid-19 after attending a party boat cruise on Sydney Harbour last week are likely to have contracted the Omicron variant.
All cases are isolating at home.
NSW Health says “preliminary results indicate two are likely to have” the Omicron variant, but genome sequencing is underway to confirm it.
Authorities are now racing to contact the about 140 people who signed in with a QR code before boarding the boat, which left King Street Wharf 9 at 7.30pm and returned about 11pm. Individuals who were on board and members of their households are being urged to immediately get tested and isolate.
Now jumping back in time a little bit, the ABC is reporting that new emails, from last year, show an “enthusiastic” Pfizer, hoping to engage with Australia about the purchase of the Covid-19 vaccine, long before the federal government secured their (underwhelming) supply.
ABC’s current affairs show 7.30 says it has obtained the email under the Freedom of Information Act.
It reportedly shows that, in early July 2020, Pfizer Australia emailed the federal health minister’s office with “some positive early data” from the beginning stages of the vaccine’s trials.
My global colleagues are enthusiastic to discuss this further, and possible opportunities in Australia, at a senior level at the earliest opportunity.
However, as we know, Australia made the choice to rely heavily on the AstraZeneca vaccine, with supplies of mRNA options extremely limited during Melbourne and Syndey’s deadly Delta outbreaks this year.
OK, with that why don’t we jump right into the day! There is certainly plenty to get through.
Source : https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/australia-news-live-update-victoria-records-1312-covid-cases-five-deaths-403-cases-and-one-death-in-nsw-sydney-boat-party-omicron-fears/ar-AARzR0r353