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Australian diplomatic cables from China detail early confused weeks of coronavirus emergency – ABC News

Previously unseen diplomatic correspondence gives new insights into Australia’s early response to the first warnings of a coronavirus health emergency unfolding in China’s Hubei province.

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Previously unseen diplomatic correspondence has given new insights into how little Australian officials knew of the COVID-19 emergency as it unfolded in China’s Hubei province at the beginning of the year.
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  • In the early days of the pandemic, Australian diplomats were largely reliant on local official statements
  • Early cables show DFAT was first informed of 27 cases of an “unidentified respiratory disease” in Wuhan
  • Independent senator Rex Patrick says the cable…

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Aussie health minister expects COVID-19 vaccinations to commence in early 2021 – Xinhua | English.news.cn – Xinhua

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CANBERRA, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) — Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt said on Monday that a COVID-19 vaccine is expected to be made available in the first quarter of 2021.
The Australian government announced in September that it had secured onshore manufacturing agreements for two candidate vaccines being developed by the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca and the University of Queensland/CSL in deals worth a combined 1.7 billion Australian dollars (1.2 billion U.S. dollars).
“So progressing well. We…

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As it happened: Melbourne, regional Victoria lockdown restrictions to be eased for retail, hospitality sectors as state records zero COVID-19 cases for first time in more than three months – The Sydney Morning Herald

The Prime Minister led a chorus of criticism after Premier Daniel Andrews delayed a highly anticipated announcement about the next stages of Melbourne’s reopening….

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“Everybody wants to spend money right now,” he said. “Our concern is what will happen when that bounce slows down, and when JobKeeper ends in March.”
Mr Piper said it was crucial the Victorian budget was “different to normal state budgets”.
“We need a different type of spending coming; it cant just be infrastructure.”
Mr Piper said the “psychological benefit” the announcement of widespread re-opening would create in Victoria “will be as substantial as anything else”.
“People have been wanting to…

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Cameron Smith ‘lucky not to be sin binned’ as NRL Grand Final referee slammed – NEWS.com.au

Cameron Smith ‘lucky not to be sin binned’ as NRL Grand Final referee slammed

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NRL 360 host Paul Kent has slammed 2020 Grand Final referee Gerard Sutton after a controversial performance in Sunday nights decider.The 2020 NRL Grand Final had its fair share of controversy with a penalty try, bunker blunder and late sin bin drawing the ire of the football world.
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But amid all the calls, Kent said the referee “second guessed himself” all night…

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