CANBERRA, Australia – The Australian government says Moderna will be the third COVID-19 vaccine available in Australia next month.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the Australian Vaccines Board approved the Moderna shot for adults on Monday.
The first million doses will arrive in Australia in late September and 10 million Moderna shots are due to be shipped to Australia this year, Health Secretary Greg Hunt said.
Australia has a shortage of Pfizer vaccine and an oversupply of locally made AstraZeneca, which many reject because of the low risk of blood clotting. The states of New South Wales and Victoria, where cities are on lockdown due to virus outbreaks, have supplies of more than a million unwanted doses of AstraZeneca, media reported.
Only 22% of adults among an Australian population of 26 million were fully vaccinated by Monday. The government expects to have a vaccine available to every Australian adult who wants a vaccine by the end of the year.
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WHAT ELSE HAPPENS:
BEIJING – More than 30 local officials have been fired or received other sentences for failures in handling China’s recent virus surge.
Officials fired for failing to fully implement anti-pandemic measures included a vice mayor, heads of boroughs and health commissions, and staff from the hospital administration, airport and tourism departments.
China’s National Health Commission said Monday that 94 new cases of domestic transmission had been recorded in the past 24 hours. Of these, 41 were in the central province of Henan, which has been hit by deadly floods in recent weeks.
Another 38 cases were reported in Yangzhou, a city neighboring Nanjing, where China’s largest outbreak since the pandemic began was tracked. The highly contagious Delta variant spread among Nanjing airport employees and has since spread from the tropical province of Hainan in the south to Inner Mongolia in the far north.
While the total number of cases in the outbreak is around 1,500, a small number compared to other countries, Chinese authorities have renewed travel restrictions, closed communities and cordoned off the entire city of Zhangjiajie, which has a population of 1.5 million.
China has given more than 1.7 billion doses of vaccine domestically, although it is not known how many of its 1.4 billion people are now fully protected. China’s vaccines are given in one, two, or three dose doses, but questions have been raised about the effectiveness of domestic vaccines as the Delta variant becomes more widespread.
MELBOURNE, Australia – The Australian state of Victoria is lifting its pandemic lockdown starting Tuesday, except in the city of Melbourne.
Australia’s second most populous state imposed a seven-day lockdown last Thursday amid concerns about the spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus.
However, Victoria’s Prime Minister Daniel Andrew says all the cases discovered in Victoria in the past few days have occurred in Melbourne, and 11 more were reported there on Monday. The lockdown will end in the rest of the state at the end of Monday.
The neighboring state of New South Wales reported 283 new coronavirus infections and one COVID-19 death in the past 24 hours on Monday. The death toll in the latest outbreak, first spotted in Sydney on June 16, is now 29.
Sydney has been on lockdown since June 26th and will be subject to strict pandemic restrictions until at least August 28th.
NEW ORLEANS – With the rise in new coronavirus cases in Louisiana, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will not be returning this year.
The festival traditionally takes place in spring, but was scheduled for October 8-10 and October 15-17 after being canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, organizers cited the “current exponential growth” of new cases in the city and region on Sunday when they announced that the festival will not take place as planned.
They say the dates for next year are April 29th – May 8th.
Jazz Fest celebrates the indigenous music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana. The music encompasses almost every imaginable style: blues, R&B, gospel, Cajun, Zydeco, Afro-Caribbean, folk, Latin, rock, rap, contemporary and traditional jazz, country, bluegrass and everything in between.
MIAMI – Ready to party in one of South Beach’s most glamorous nightclubs? Then roll up your sleeves. LIV offers free COVID vaccines outside of the Miami club, where high rollers spend up to $ 20,000 on just one table.
The star-studded nightclub, where Super Bowl champions party at parties inspired by texts by Drake and Kanye West, set up COVID vaccine pop-up websites over the weekend to attract the young population.
The Sunshine State set another record high this weekend. On Saturday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 23,903 new COVID-19 cases for Friday. That beats the previous day’s record of 22,783 new cases.
The LIV and Story clubs closed for about a year during the pandemic and reopened in April. Owner David Grutman, the king of South Beach nightlife who also owns a restaurant and hotel with Pharrell, said, “We’re excited, we want to stay open and we know that this will only be possible if people get vaccinated , that’s why we want to make it as accessible as possible. “