NSW Government ignored health advice during lockdown, email suggests

The NSW Government and former premier Gladys Berejiklian have been accused of ignoring health advice recommended by Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant during this year’s Delta variant outbreak. Emails between health officials now appear to confirm that Berejiklian’s decisions were not entirely supported by Dr Chant’s advice. The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) reports that…

Pfizer deal allows COVID pill distribution in developing countries

Pfizer has struck a deal to allow the production and distribution of a generic version of its COVID-19 treatment pill. Early November clinical trial results suggest the pill slashes risks of hospitalization and even death by 89 per cent among at-risk adults. A deal struck between vaccine manufacturer Pfizer and UN-backed not-for-profit organisations Medicines Patent…

SA Deputy Premier “guilty of contempt”, says parliamentary committee

South Australian Deputy Premier and Attorney-General Vickie Chapman has been in hot water this week over accusations of a conflict of interest and misleading state parliament. Ms Chapman, who has occupied the positions of Deputy Premier and Attorney-General since March 2018, faced criticism after rejecting plans for a port development off Kangaroo Island. In a…

Victorian pandemic laws amended following outcry

The Victorian government has announced an amendment to its divisive pandemic bill following criticism. Seven changes have been made and applied to the Public Health and Wellbeing Amendment (Pandemic Management) Bill 2021. The state of Victoria imposed an official state of emergency in March 2020 following the widespread pandemic outbreak. However, state of emergency orders…