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Pfizer jab closer to approval for children, IDT to make new Monash vaccine

Pfizer jab closer to approval for children, IDT to make new Monash vaccine

Australian children aged five to 11 years of age could receive Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine soon after the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) granted a provisional determination to the company in relation to the jab.

The provisional determination does not mean the Pfizer jab is approved for children now, rather it opens up a pathway for the pharmaceutical giant to submit an application to the TGA to have the vaccine approved.

Pfizer still has to submit data to the TGA in order to receive approval, but the provisional determination will speed up the process.

“In making its decision to grant Pfizer a provisional determination for use in individuals five to 11 years, the TGA considered eligibility criteria, including factors such as the evidence of a plan to submit comprehensive clinical data in relation to use in this age group - and the seriousness of the current COVID-19 pandemic,” the TGA said.

Currently, everyone in Australia 12 years and older is eligible to book an appointment to receive a Pfizer jab.

IDT secures manufacturing agreement with Monash University for COVID vaccine

Australian pharmaceutical manufacturing company IDT (ASX: IDT) has entered into a deal with Monash University to produce a new COVID-19 vaccine as part of a clinical trial.

Trials of the proposed Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences’ (MIPS) vaccine, an mRNA jab, are funded by mRNA Victoria and the Commonwealth Government’s Medical Research Future Fund.

IDT says the initial clinical trial will commence in the fourth quarter of this calendar year.

The vaccine candidate has been developed by MIPS in conjunction with The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity and is Australia’s first locally developed mRNA vaccine candidate to progress to the clinical trial stage.

If successful, IDT believes it will be the first-ever Australian manufactured mRNA finished product.

Monash University President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner AC said Monash is home to Australia's largest network of RNA and mRNA researchers.

“We are building an RNA ecosystem that will lead to the rapid development of life-saving vaccines and therapeutic treatments for communities across the country,” Professor Gardner said.

“To enable Australia to avoid ongoing issues around vaccine supply chains from other countries, we need our own mRNA production connected to research and development, and late-stage clinical trials capability.

“This partnership agreement with IDT and the ongoing support from the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments is a significant step in Australia moving towards establishing unlimited capability."

IDT Australia CEO Dr David Sparling said he was thankful to the Australian and Victorian Governments for their assistance in preparing the company’s sterile manufacturing facility for production of mRNA vaccines.

“We are very appreciative of the Australian Government’s support in getting IDT’s sterile manufacturing facility ready to take on a project of this nature; and for allowing IDT to utilise the facility for this work,” Dr Sparling said.

“We are also very appreciative of the Victorian Government’s support for this project. Being Australia’s first locally developed mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, all of the team here at IDT are excited to be a part of the MIPS project.

“It is a great opportunity for IDT to develop and showcase our cGMP manufacturing capabilities in mRNA product manufacture.”

IDT shares are up by more than 4 per cent at $0.625 each at 11:20am AEDT.

Meanwhile, following media reports that bio-medical giant CSL (ASX: CSL) would cease producing the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine by Christmas, the company has reaffirmed its commitment to its deal with the Federal Government to produce the jabs into 2022.

In a statement, CSL said it was committed to the manufacture of approximately 50 million doses of the vaccine.

“Already over 20 million doses have been produced to protect Australians and those in the Asia Pacific region, and it is expected that the remaining production will be completed early next year,” CSL said.

CSL shares are up 1.84 per cent at $299.45 each at 11:20am AEDT.

Updated at 11.20am AEDT on 14 October 2021.

TGA approves 15-second COVID-19 killer Nanocyn

TGA approves 15-second COVID-19 killer Nanocyn

Able to kill COVID-19 in 15 seconds, Nanocyn, a hospital-grade disinfecting solution produced by Adelaide-based MicroSafe Care Australia, has received approval from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

Compared to traditional products that can take between one and 10 minutes to kill viruses, Nanocyn claims it stands alone as the only natural disinfectant and sanitiser in the world that can kill COVID-19 within 15 seconds, and the only hospital-grade disinfectant of its kind in Australia that eliminates the virus so quickly.

It is also able to eliminate Norovirus (Gastro), Influenza, fungi and mould by up to 99.9999 per cent.

“Nanocyn is a game-changer for any hospital, aged care or health service, transport-provider, business, school, tourism or hospitality venue and even office space wanting to ensure their premises are COVID-safe, not just from a pandemic point of view but also having been disinfected with a product that does not leave any harmful residues behind that could cause other health issues in the long-term,” said MicroSafe managing director Matt Seifert.

Nanocyn can also be used as a fogging agent in a variety of sizeable locations, such as commercial buildings, schools, hospitals, and health and aged care facilities.

Certified by all major aviation manufacturers, the product can clean aircraft without damaging materials.

Coming in a range of three sizes, the hospital-grade disinfectant is registered with the TGA and entered into the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG).

It is also the only disinfectant to also be certified by Good Environmental Choice Australia.

“It’s the fastest-acting product in Australia, leaves no residue and is non-toxic, which means it’s safe for those whose immune systems are compromised,” said Seifert.

“The TGA additional approval has also been timely as we know states will be re-opening borders before Christmas.

“Ensuring COVID-19 can be eliminated quickly in public areas will be reassuring for millions of people.”

Updated at 12:43pm AEDT on 13 August.

Vaccine-only approach not enough for ongoing workplace safety post-lockdown, says OzSAGE

Vaccine-only approach not enough for ongoing workplace safety post-lockdown, says OzSAGE

Independent expert organisation OzSAGE has urged employers to extend the usual health and safety measures to areas like ventilation, workplace hygiene and mask wearing, emphasising "a vaccine-only approach is not enough" as workers return to offices from lockdowns.

Despite the high rate of vaccination in NSW, after Greater Sydney emerged from lockdown yesterday the multidisciplinary network of Australian experts is adamant that in addition to vaccine requirements, further optional health orders are necessary.

NSW has made it optional for office workers to wear masks as part of the Perrottet government’s revised roadmap, and has suggested scrapping general indoor mask mandates earlier than the originally proposed date of 1 December. 

However, Professor Raina Macintyre from OzSAGE says this decision could result in a dramatic surge in infections, and that masks should remain a core part of workplaces’ health response. 

“Once we accept that SARS-CoV-2 is airborne, it is clear that safe indoor air is essential and that masks indoors will play a role in safe working for some time,” says Macintyre. 

“The current vaccines are not enough to control the Delta variant - If we open up with safe indoor air and a vaccine-PLUS as a strategy, we may avoid a crippling cycle of repeated lockdowns.” 

OzSAGE says these measures are particularly important given that many small businesses do not have the adequate resources or information to be reasonably “COVID-safe”.  

As a result, workplace risk management now falls into the hands of workers and employers, which OzSAGE representative Professor Jason Monty says will ultimately benefit businesses if followed correctly. 

“Embedding layers of controls against pandemic disease into your business, such as safe air and masking when needed, will make it far more likely that your business will remain open, not be subject to disruptions, nor lose key staff or clients to illness,” Monty said. 

“Despite vaccination levels, all controls are important to protect health as immunity to the vaccine wanes, and reduce transmission.” 

Updated at 12.52pm AEDT on 12 October 2021.

ACT to leave lockdown on Friday as planned

ACT to leave lockdown on Friday as planned

The Australian Capital Territory Chief Minister Andrew Barr has today confirmed lockdown restrictions will ease at 11.59pm on Thursday 14 October as planned, after the jurisdiction passed the 70 per cent fully vaccinated milestone this week.

As of today, 72 per cent of the eligible population are fully vaccinated, meaning ACT residents will enjoy some freedoms come Friday once lockdown restrictions are lifted.

While those in the ACT will be free to leave their homes, visit loved ones and shop for non-essential items, there will be some restrictions in place for the meantime.

These restrictions include:

  • A 25 person capacity limit for indoor gatherings
  • A five person limit for at-home gatherings
  • Licensed venues can welcome five customers across the venue indoors or enforce the one person per four square metre rule (whichever is less)
  • However, up to 50 patrons will be able to sit outside at a licensed venue
  • Sports teams can resume training and pools will be able to reopen with limits
  • Hairdresser and personal care services can resume trading at a limited capacity

For the most part, non-essential retailers will return to a click and collect model until 29 October, but these businesses will be allowed to have up to two people from the same household book an appointment to shop in-person from this Friday.

Barr says this will enable certain retailers to operate, like car dealers performing test drives and clothing shops permitting customers try on clothes and shoes.

While Barr says he expects case numbers to rise once restrictions ease, modelling predicts the ACT will have 99 per cent of its eligible population fully vaccinated by the end of November.

“As we’ve seen around the world, and even in places that have very high vaccination levels, the virus will continue to spread,” Barr said.

“There will be pressure on the health system. There will be Canberrans who will need acute health care, even if they are fully vaccinated.

“Being fully vaccinated provides you with protection. It may not prevent you from getting the virus, but it does reduce the likelihood, and being fully vaccinated provides a very effective protection against severe disease.”

The Chief Minister also announced some changes to its border bubble with New South Wales, allowing people living in areas immediately surrounding the ACT to travel in and out of the state.

Details on which postcodes will be included in the expanded bubble will be announced on the ACT’s COVID-19 website later today.

“New South Wales residents in these regions, as well as the border postcodes that are already covered by the existing expanding exemption, will be permitted to travel to and from the ACT to undertake work or study to access schools or essential shopping and healthcare without needing to apply for an exemption,” Barr said.

"Residents in these postcodes can also enter the ACT to visit family and friends under the existing ACT gathering limits whether inside the household or outside."

Updated at 12.09pm AEDT on 12 October 2021.

NSW Government announces summer stock guarantee to give SMEs confidence

NSW Government announces summer stock guarantee to give SMEs confidence

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in New South Wales will soon be able to take advantage of a new ‘Summer Holiday Stock Guarantee’, giving businesses the confidence to open up now and plan for the future.

Under the program, eligible businesses with an annual turnover of between $75,000 and $50 million will be able to apply for a grant of up to $20,000 to compensate for the loss of perishable stock or claim $10,000 for reduced capacity to sell non-perishable items in the even they are affected by another lockdown.

In addition, the State Government is planning on expanding the Small Business Fees and Charges Rebate for all eligible SMEs for use until 30 June 2022.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said the measures were key to giving businesses the confidence to reopen and helping to reboot the state economy.

“Now that we’ve reached the 70 per cent double vaccination target, it’s wonderful to see businesses reopening their doors and welcoming back customers,” Perrottet said. 

“These measures will give businesses and workers confidence to purchase stock and invest for the future knowing their doors will remain open as we get our economy firing again.” 

Treasurer Matt Kean said the Stock Guarantee of up to $20,000 would be available if non-essential SMEs were forced to shut their doors between 1 December 2021 to 31 January 2022 due to public health orders. 

“It’s devastating for businesses and their employees when they have to shut due to COVID but the grants will make it easier for businesses to manage their stock with confidence,” Mr Kean said.

“We want businesses to have the confidence to get out and spend and invest in their business ahead of the busy Christmas trading period.

“We expect the summer will be a bumper time for businesses as the people of NSW emerge from lockdown and look to support their local, and we want business owners to know we have their back.”

The changes have been welcomed by the state’s peak business organisation Business NSW.

“Business confidence has taken a hit in recent times and we know one of the pressure points for business has been being left with stock they can’t sell while their business is closed,” Business NSW chief executive Daniel Hunter said.

“Businesses can now plan and order the stock they the think they’ll need while their business begins to scale up again, with the knowledge the Government has a level of protection in place for them.

“This confidence will be particularly welcome in regional NSW, where lockdowns have had a dramatic impact on business prosperity – not only have they missed out on local trade but tourists from Sydney who stay and spend money in their town.”

For Ben Thompson, co-founder and CEO of people-management platform Employment Hero, the prospect of localised lockdowns would "understandably make employers in NSW nervous", but the announcement from the state government today is sure to ease some anxiety for SMEs.

"The national reopening plan, which was driven by the Doherty Institute, warned of “highly targeted lockdowns” beyond the 80% vaccination target. This is just the reality, which means today’s announcement by the NSW government looks like sensible policy to me and it’s certainly a win for small business owners," Thompson said.

"That $20,000 isn’t a lot in the context of a lockdown that lasts months and months. But if the NSW can keep future lockdowns not just targeted, but relatively short, that’ll mean they get more bang for their buck out of the loss of revenue support.

"The extra $500 for fees and charges rebates until the end of the year will also be handy. There’s going to be a lot more deliveries on the road, combined with a surge in consumer demand, which will create yet more deliveries. A little bit more help for things like toll road charges and council rates will be welcome."

Whether it is enough for businesses to prosper over summer, Thompson said it "depends on the amount of capital they’re sitting on or their ability and appetite to borrow".

"A lot of small businesses went under during the first 18-months of the pandemic because they had no choice but to whittle down their capital base," he said.

"Small business owners would be looking at their bank accounts and thinking to themselves, “Gee, I’d love to make those investments but I’ve got to spend the first few months building that breathing room back up again.

"Some small businesses will be blessed with some extra firepower, so I’d expect to see some companies go berserk this summer and all the power to them. But for those that are just able to start putting the pieces back together, I’m sure they’ll be happy to have survived and be operating again. That’s also an extraordinary achievement."

Updated at 9.38am AEDT on 12 October 2021.

Day one of NSW retail reopening “surprisingly smooth”

Day one of NSW retail reopening “surprisingly smooth”

Retailers in New South Wales have declared the first day of reopening post-lockdown a “fantastic start” according to the sector’s national representative, although the condition shoppers must prove their vaccination status has been a slight road bump for some.

Overall Australian Retailers Association (ARA) CEO Paul Zahra said the mood has been positive, with excited and mostly compliant and respectful behaviour observed as itchy feet made their way back into stores.

“It’s been a fantastic start,” Zahra said.

“NSW Retailers are relieved and excited to be open and customers are out and about taking full advantage of Freedom Day privileges – with hairdressers and beauty therapy one of the most popular destinations.  

“Naturally there were a few teething problems today with vaccine certification, with some customers still unsure how to access their certificate. However, most people have remained patient and overall, it’s been surprisingly smooth.”

Zahra said the day’s efforts are a credit to retailers and their teams, and also to the NSW government in keeping the roadmap on track. Pleasingly, there has been an overwhelming spirit of collaboration amongst shoppers. 

“It’s taken enormous effort on the part of NSW government and businesses to reach today’s milestone – and we can be proud of the results,” Zahra said.

“Today’s outcome is a great test-case for Victoria and we can feel confidently optimistic of a positive experience when retail reopens there.”

Zahra also encouraged retailers to ensure they are well-prepared for operating in this transitional period.

“Checking vaccination status is a new safety protocol and like QR codes it will take a little time for customers to adjust. Naturally, this will be an even smoother experience when the NSW COVID Safe app is integrated,” he said. 

“Retailers need to ensure they have taken ‘reasonable steps’ to ensure compliance and this includes things such as having clear signage at the entrance points and through the store, and training staff in how to check vaccination status.  

“Businesses should also have completed and updated their Covid safety plans which help inform government that they have thought about and taken their reasonable steps.”

Updated at 4.40pm AEDT on 11 October 2021.

NSW takes first step out of lockdown, Melbourne Cup to go ahead with vaccinated punters

NSW takes first step out of lockdown, Melbourne Cup to go ahead with vaccinated punters

After Sydneysiders spent more than 100 days in lockdown, the state will take its first steps back to normal life today with businesses reopening to fully vaccinated customers.

Businesses like cafes, restaurants, pubs, and retailers have reopened to fully vaccinated customers across NSW today after the state cracked the 70 per cent double dose milestone on Thursday last week.

In addition, up to 10 people can gather in homes or 30 outdoors, weddings and funerals can have up to 100 people in attendance, and swimming pools have reopened under changes made to the roadmap by new Premier Dominic Perrottet.

“As we re-open after more than 100 days we ask everyone to treat staff with kindness and respect when they ask you to check-in or see your vaccination certificate,” Perrottet said.

“Following these simple measures will help keep us all safe and keep us moving forward out of the pandemic.”

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres welcomed the reopening and reminded people to act responsibly when going out.

“NSW has pulled together to get our vaccination rate to more than 70 per cent, which means we can begin the reopening process. We need the same spirit of cooperation to keep people safe and ensure that venues remain open,” Ayres said.

“Like many people, I can’t wait to have a beer and a schnitty at my local, but we all have a responsibility to stick by the rules. Book ahead, check-in with your QR code, show proof of vaccination, be respectful to staff and look after each other.”

The NSW Government has encouraged all businesses to visit to ensure they are complying with the 70 per cent roadmap.

Crowds to return for Melbourne Cup and concerts in Victoria

Up to 10,000 people will be allowed to descend on Flemington Racecourse on the first Tuesday in November after the Victorian Government announced changes to its reopening plans that will also benefit the state’s arts and music scene.

Further, subject to consideration of the venue’s COVIDSafe Plan and approval from the Chief Health Officer, several thousand people will be able to watch Victorian artists perform and celebrate the return of live music at one of Melbourne’s most iconic outdoor venues - Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Smaller gigs are planned around the state at the same time, subject to approval from the Chief Health Officer.

The alterations are part of Victoria’s ‘Vaccinated Economy’ trials, which will let more people safely attend venues and major events if fully vaccinated. These venues will test event settings attached to the 80 per cent double vaccination mark - a threshold the state believes will be achieved on or before 5 November.

The final two days of the Melbourne Cup Carnival – Oaks Day and Stakes Day – will also welcome up to 10,000 patrons if the 80 per cent double-jab threshold has been passed. Racing fans will be spread across a number of zones at Flemington in allocated seats, and will be required to wear masks and be fully vaccinated or holding a valid exemption.

These events will follow the first stage of trials under the 70 per cent double dose settings which kick off today at regional venues including cinemas, hotels, and cafes, as well as a gym, a church and a beauty clinic.

Some 15 venues and events in six local government areas will operate with higher capacity and density limits, including a midweek race meeting at Warrnambool on Thursday, 14 October.

The participants in the Vaccinated Economy trial are:

  • Bass Coast – North Pier Hotel in Cowes, Churchill Island Cafe
  • Buloke – Terminus Hotel in Wycheproof
  • East Gippsland – East Gippsland Art Gallery in Bairnsdale, Lakes Squash and Movie Theatre in Lakes Entrance, Wilson Property in Traralgon
  • Greater Bendigo – Anglican Church of Australia in Flora Hill, Bendigo Art Gallery, Village Cinemas in Bendigo, Body Fit Training in Bendigo
  • Pyrenees – Avoca Hotel
  • Warrnambool – Darlings of Beauty, Roberts One Real Estate, Warrnambool Racing Club (race meeting), Warrnambool Art Gallery.

The trials will allow real-world testing of the vaccine certification technology, confirm the best processes for establishing vaccination status, as well as fine-tuning training for staff and support for business owners and public communication of vaccine requirements.

Victorians attending a Vaccinated Economy trial business or event will be asked to show they are fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 digital certificate displayed through the Service Victoria app, Medicare app, or equivalent smartphone wallet, or present a printed version of their certificate or immunisation history statement, or provide evidence of a valid exemption.

Updated at 9.48am AEST on 11 October 2021.

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ATAGI recommends third booster shot for immunocompromised individuals

ATAGI recommends third booster shot for immunocompromised individuals

Australia’s advisory group on immunisations has today recommended individuals who are “severely immunocompromised” receive a third booster shot of a COVID-19 vaccine two to six months after receiving the second.

The updated advice from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) was provided to address the risk of suboptimal or non-response to the standard two-dose schedule, and is intended to maximise the level of immune response to as close as possible to the general population.

As for which vaccine immunocompromised people should receive, ATAGI recommends an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) over AstraZeneca for the third dose.

However, ATAGI says “AstraZeneca can be used for the third dose for individuals who have received AstraZeneca for their first two doses if there are no contraindications or precautions for use, or if a significant adverse reaction has occurred after a previous mRNA vaccine dose which contraindicates further doses of mRNA vaccine”.

“The recommended interval for the third dose is two to six months after the second dose of vaccine,” says ATAGI.

“A minimum interval of four weeks may be considered in exceptional circumstances (e.g., anticipated intensification of immunosuppression, outbreaks). People who have had a second dose more than 6 months ago should receive a third dose whenever feasible.”

The vaccine advisory group does not recommend subsequent doses beyond the third at this point in time, but notes protection from three doses in severely immunocompromised individuals may still be lower than the general population.

As such, ATAGI recommends people continue risk mitigation strategies such as mask wearing and social distancing even after receipt of a third jab.

“ATAGI will continue to monitor the evidence around duration of protection and advise on the need for subsequent (booster) doses in immunocompromised populations to address waning of protection or risk from variants of concern,” says ATAGI.

“ATAGI will provide further advice on booster doses (including for healthcare workers, older adults and the general population) separately.”

Updated at 2.14pm AEST on 8 October 2021.

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Southeast SA regions see COVID restrictions wound back to Level 1

Southeast SA regions see COVID restrictions wound back to Level 1

The South Australian local government areas (LGAs) of Mount Gambier, Grant and Wattle Range are now subject to the same level of restrictions as the rest of the state after a brief COVID scare last week.

The three southeast LGAs are now subject to the following restrictions:

  • Three people per four square metre density requirements (for seated activities)
  • No communal consumption facilities
  • One person per two square metre density requirements (for non-seated activities)
  • One person per four square metre density requirements (for indoor fitness facilities)
  • Seated food and beverage consumption only for indoor defined public activities
  • COVID Management Plans required for events of more than 1,000 people
  • Shisha ban
  • Gathering at home cap: 20 (gatherings at residential premises, including residents of residential premises)
  • Private activity cap: 150 (private activities at non-residential premises)
  • Masks for high-risk settings
  • Masks for personal care services (except for the person receiving the service, if necessary for the provision of the personal care service)

The restrictions are in addition to existing SA restrictions:

  • Masks for health care services (except for the person receiving the service, if necessary for the provision of the health care service)
  • Masks for passenger transport services
  • Masks for indoor fitness facilities (except while exercising)
  • Masks for shared indoor public places (except bridal parties during ceremonies)
  • Restrictions on dancing and singing other than dancing at private functions and private activities & cap of 50 dancing
  • Private activities with food and beverage consumption whilst standing at 1/2 density and approved contact tracing system & cap of 150
  • Private functions with food and beverage consumption while standing at 1/2 density with approved contact tracing system & (when indoors) cap of 150 (at relevant or ongoing licensed premises.

Updated at 2.42pm AEDT on 8 October 2021.

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COVID-19 restrictions to ease in LGAs of Brisbane, Gold Coast, Logan and more from 4pm today

COVID-19 restrictions to ease in LGAs of Brisbane, Gold Coast, Logan and more from 4pm today

A number of Queensland local government areas (LGAs) will have restrictions eased from 4pm today in line with the rest of the state, after no locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were recorded overnight.

The LGAs of Brisbane, Gold Coast, Moreton Bay, Logan, Townsville and Palm Island will see some restrictions removed, allowing more people to gather at venues and permitting dancing in clubs.

On the advice of Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young, cafes and restaurants will return to one person per two square metres indoors and outdoors, and stadiums and events can have full capacity.

Up to 100 people can gather in homes, with no limit for people gathering in public spaces.

Visitors are once again permitted at aged care, correctional centres, hospitals and disability centres, and up to 200 people can attend funerals and weddings.

Some restrictions will remain, however, with Queenslanders still required to check-in at venues and wear masks where social distancing is not possible (like in shopping centres and on public transport).

“Because Queenslanders have done a great job, Dr Young has advised us this morning that those restrictions can ease,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

Updated at 12pm AEDT on 8 October 2021.