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Australia live news update: Victoria and NSW won’t close border over Omicron Covid variant; Qld flood warning; Albanese speaks at campaign rally;

Flash flood warnings for Queensland; Victoria and NSW won’t close border due to Omicron; Anthony Albanese addresses campaign rally; Daniel Andrews press conference; Omicron cases continue to climb in Sydney as NSW records 286 locally acquired Covid-19 cases, one death; Victoria records 980 cases, seven deaths – follow all the day’s news live‘Provisional approval’: Australian children aged five to 11 set to receive Pfizer Covid vaccine from mid-JanuaryAs Sydney comes back to life, scars of lockdo...
Tags: Health, Science, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Melbourne, Canberra, Daniel Andrews, Northern Territory, Anthony Albanese


Australia live news update: Albanese speaks at campaign rally; Victoria and NSW won’t close border over Omicron Covid variant; Qld flood warning

Flash flood warnings for Queensland; Victoria and NSW won’t close border due to Omicron; Anthony Albanese addresses campaign rally; Daniel Andrews press conference; Omicron cases continue to climb in Sydney as NSW records 286 locally acquired Covid-19 cases, one death; Victoria records 980 cases, seven deaths – follow all the day’s news live‘Provisional approval’: Australian children aged five to 11 set to receive Pfizer Covid vaccine from mid-JanuaryAs Sydney comes back to life, scars of lockdo...
Tags: Health, Science, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Melbourne, Canberra, Daniel Andrews, Northern Territory, Anthony Albanese


Australia live news update: Albanese speaks at campaign rally; Victoria and NSW won’t close border over Omicron Covid variant

Victoria and NSW won’t close border due to Omicron; Anthony Albanese addresses campaign rally; Daniel Andrews press conference; Peta Credlin apologises to South Sudanese community; Omicron cases continue to climb in Sydney as NSW records 286 locally acquired Covid-19 cases, one death; Victoria records 980 cases, seven deaths – follow all the day’s news live‘Provisional approval’: Australian children aged five to 11 set to receive Pfizer Covid vaccine from mid-JanuaryAs Sydney comes back to life,...
Tags: Health, Science, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Melbourne, Canberra, Daniel Andrews, Northern Territory, Anthony Albanese


Covid antiviral pill molnupiravir/Lagevrio set for UK at-home trials

People most vulnerable to Omicron would reportedly be offered experimental pill within 48 hours of testing positiveThe first at-home treatment for Covid-19 could reportedly be offered to UK patients before Christmas as an attempt to protect the most vulnerable from the Omicron variant.The Sunday Telegraph reported that Sajid Javid is set to launch a national pilot of the Molnupiravir antiviral pill, marketed as Lagevrio. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Science, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Sajid Javid, Coronavirus, Lagevrio


Australia live news update: Albanese rally; Credlin apologises to South Sudanese community; Victoria records 980 Covid cases, seven deaths

Anthony Albanese addresses campaign rally; Daniel Andrews press conference; Peta Credlin apologises to South Sudanese community; Omicron cases continue to climb in Sydney as NSW records 286 locally acquired Covid-19 cases, one death; Victoria records 980 cases, seven deaths – follow all the day’s news live‘Provisional approval’: Australian children aged five to 11 set to receive Pfizer Covid vaccine from mid-JanuaryAs Sydney comes back to life, scars of lockdown linger in the westAustralia and O...
Tags: Health, Science, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Melbourne, Canberra, Daniel Andrews, Northern Territory, Anthony Albanese


Australia live news update: Credlin apologises to South Sudanese community; Victoria records 980 Covid cases; Clover Moore’s fifth term as Sydney mayor

Daniel Andrews addresses media; Peta Credlin apologises to South Sudanese community; Omicron cases continue to climb in Sydney as NSW records 286 locally acquired Covid-19 cases, one death; Victoria records 980 cases, seven deaths – follow all the day’s news live‘Provisional approval’: Australian children aged five to 11 set to receive Pfizer Covid vaccine from mid-JanuaryAs Sydney comes back to life, scars of lockdown linger in the westAustralia and Omicron: how and when will the pandemic actua...
Tags: Health, Science, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Melbourne, Canberra, Daniel Andrews, Northern Territory, Peta Credlin


Australia live news updates: Daniel Andrews gives press conference; 980 new Covid cases in Victoria; fifth term for Clover Moore as Sydney mayor

Daniel Andrews and James Merlino address media; Omicron cases continue to climb in Sydney as NSW records 286 locally acquired Covid-19 cases, one death; Victoria records 980 cases, seven deaths – follow all the day’s news live‘Provisional approval’: Australian children aged five to 11 set to receive Pfizer Covid vaccine from mid-JanuaryAs Sydney comes back to life, scars of lockdown linger in the westAustralia and Omicron: how and when will the pandemic actually end?Get our free news app; get ou...
Tags: Health, Science, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Melbourne, Canberra, Daniel Andrews, Northern Territory, Doherty


Australia live news updates: Pfizer provisionally approved for five to 11-year-olds; Victoria records 980 new Covid cases and seven deaths

Omicron cases continue to climb in Sydney as thousands of people protest for ‘freedom’ in MelbourneAs Sydney comes back to life, scars of lockdown linger in the westAustralia and Omicron: how and when will the pandemic actually end?Get our free news app; get our morning email briefingHunt is asked whether states, like Queensland, will hold off opening state borders until at least 80% of kids aged five to 11 are vaccinated given today’s announcement.Hunt:There is no reason for that. The Doherty m...
Tags: Health, Science, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Pfizer, Melbourne, Canberra, Northern Territory, Doherty


Australia live news updates: Pfizer provisionally approved for five to 11-year-olds; Bandt staffer tests positive for Covid

Omicron cases continue to climb in Sydney as thousands of people protest for ‘freedom’ in MelbourneAs Sydney comes back to life, scars of lockdown linger in the westAustralia and Omicron: how and when will the pandemic actually end?Get our free news app; get our morning email briefingHunt is asked whether states, like Queensland, will hold off opening state borders until at least 80% of kids aged five to 11 are vaccinated given today’s announcement.Hunt:There is no reason for that. The Doherty m...
Tags: Health, Science, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Pfizer, Melbourne, Canberra, Northern Territory, Doherty


Omicron proves we’re not in control of Covid – only global action can stop this pandemic

If we keep allowing this virus to spread through unvaccinated populations, the next variant could be even more deadlyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt’s almost two years since we first heard of Covid-19, and a year since the first Covid vaccines were rolled out. Yet this staggering progress is being squandered. We have drifted for months now, with richer countries, taking a very blinkered domestic focus, lulled into thinking that the worst of the pandemic was behind ...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, Infectious Diseases, Epidemics, World Health Organization, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


UK’s progress on Covid now squandered, warns top scientist

Sir Jeremy Farrar, director of Wellcome Trust, suggests emergence of Omicron variant means pandemic is far from overCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe emergence of the Omicron variant shows that the world is “closer to the start of the pandemic than the end”, one of Britain’s most senior scientific figures has warned, as he lamented a lack of political leadership over Covid.Sir Jeremy Farrar, the director of the Wellcome Trust who stepped down as a government scienti...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Jeremy Farrar, Wellcome Trust, Coronavirus


Missouri Gov. Mike Parson commissioned data on masks but didn't release it after it showed they were effective: report

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson delivers the State of the State address in Jefferson City in January 2021.AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File Missouri Gov. Mike Parson's office asked the state health department to analyze data on mask effectiveness, according to the Missouri Independent and the Documenting COVID-19 project.  According to emails obtained using the state Sunshine Law, the analysis    But the governor's office never publicly released the, the report said. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson...
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Sweet dreams are made of this: why dream analysis is flourishing

Are dreams a message from the soul or meaningless ‘brain farts’? Groups dedicated to interpretation are thrivingJason DeBord regrets the demise of an old parlour game once much-loved in the 19th century: What Did I Eat Last Night? It involved a player recounting their dreams – recorded in a journal upon waking – as an audience was challenged to guess what dream-provoking food they had consumed for the previous night’s supper, be it stilton, rarebit or undercooked or cured meats (all understood t...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Sleep, Life and style, Health & wellbeing, DeBord


Russia pushes the International Space Station away from '90s US rocket debris — the 2nd space-junk scare this week

The International Space Station, as pictured from the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour during a flyaround on November 8, 2021.NASA Russia maneuvered the International Space Station away from a chunk of a US rocket from the '90s. Satellite and rocket debris orbiting Earth regularly threatens to collide with or puncture the ISS. Russia blew up a satellite recently, sending debris into space. NASA is a also a major space junk culprit. The International Space Station (ISS) changed course Friday t...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, News, China, Russia, India, US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, United States, International Space Station, Pegasus, TNT, Iss


Pfizer said it expects to have more data by end of year on whether COVID-19 vaccine can be administered to children under 5

Carlo Allegri/Reuters Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla on Friday said there will be more data on children under five receiving a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the year. Pfizer has begun pediatric vaccine trials. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are also planning to conduct trials.  Pfizer's announcement comes as the new Omicron variant begins to spread in the United States. Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla on Friday said the company expects to know more about the effectiveness of its vaccines in children u...
Tags: Health, Science, News, US, Trends, United States, Pfizer, Vaccines, Anthony Fauci, Johnson Johnson, Fauci, Moderna, Stéphane Bancel, Omicron, Albert Bourla, Bourla


Omicron's 'wacko' combination of mutations has scientists split over whether it developed in humans or animals

A health staff member prepares a COVID-19 test at the Histopath Diagnostic Specialists pre-departure area at Sydney International Airport on November 28, 2021.James D. Morgan/Getty Images The Omicron variant has a strange set of mutations. It doesn't resemble Delta, the dominant strain. That has led scientists to wonder about its origin — namely, whether it came from humans or animals. One of the most promising theories suggests Omicron emerged in an immunocompromised person. Omicron look...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, News, Animals, Trends, Read, South Africa, Delta, Evolution, Humans, Haiti, South Carolina, Botswana, Epidemiology, New England Journal of Medicine


A corporate Christmas party turned into the biggest Omicron 'super spreader event' outside South Africa, with up to 60 people infected

A student at Holtet high school in Oslo receives the first dose of Pfizer vaccine against covid-19 in the school's auditorium on September 7, 2021.Heiko Junge/Getty Images In Norway, a Christmas party turned into an Omicron "super spreader event," with up to 60 possible infections. The outbreak is the biggest outside South Africa, where researchers first detected the new coronavirus variant. At least one person who attended the party had recently returned from South Africa. A corporate Ch...
Tags: Science, Trends, South Africa, News UK, Delta, World Health Organization, Norway, Oslo, Reuters, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Omicron, COVID-19, UK Weekend, Alia Shoaib, Holtet, Heiko Junge Getty


Silicon Valley's metaverse will suck reality into the virtual world — and ostracize those who aren't plugged in

Mark Zuckerberg showing his 'metaverse' avatar during Connect 2021Facebook The metaverse could usher in a new era where we live more in the digital world than in reality. AR glasses will be ubiquitous as they become necessary to shop, work, and live, just like the internet. Experts say that turning point in the metaverse will "not be good for humanity." The metaverse has been peddled as a futuristic place where we all — sitting in our living rooms with goggles strapped to our noggins ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, News, Trends, Vr, Silicon Valley, Ar, Meta, Rosenberg, Louis Rosenberg, Tech Insider, Shaan Puri, Metaverse, Katie Canales, Vipp Jaswal


The skeleton of a Roman 'vaporized' just steps from the sea as he fled the Mount Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD, found by archaeologists

Francesco Sirano, director of the excavations, near the skeleton of the last person who was trying to escape from Herculaneum during the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius.Marco Cantile/LightRocket via Getty Images Archaeologists discovered the skeleton of a Roman man who was fleeing the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Scientists believe the man was possibly trying to get on a rescue ship. The skeleton was lying facing upwards, which suggests that he had turned to face the onrushing cloud....
Tags: Science, Trends, News UK, The Times, Times, Pompeii, Vesuvius, Ancient Rome, Ansa, Mount Vesuvius, Herculaneum, Archaelogy, Sirano, UK Weekend, Alia Shoaib, Francesco Sirano


Omicron cases climb amid Sydney cluster; Qld to quarantine Adelaide travellers – as it happened

South Australia announces rule changes for interstate arrivals as ACT records first case of variant. This blog is now closedCovid vaccine protests in Melbourne as Kerry Chant warns of ‘uptick’ in Sydney Omicron casesAustralia and Omicron: how and when will the Covid pandemic actually end?‘If I’d known, I would have got it’: on the frontline of Australia’s ‘pandemic of the unvaccinatedGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingJust noting we are still waiting on the SA press conference ...
Tags: Science, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, South Australia, Steven Marshall, Coronavirus, Kerry Chant, Nicola Spurrier



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