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Morning mail: vaccine rollout begins, Melbourne medical doctors below hearth, what subsequent for Fb? |

Good morning – Covid-19 vaccines have began in Australia, Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka gained the Australian Open, and a bunch of Melbourne medical doctors are being investigated for selling unproven Covid remedies. It’s Imogen Dewey with the information headlines on Monday 22 February.

Australia’s long-awaited vaccine rollout started at a suburban medical clinic in Sydney yesterday, with a second world warfare survivor first within the queue. About 1.4m doses of the Pfizer vaccine can be rolled out for part 1a of the federal authorities’s program, which incorporates frontline healthcare and quarantine employees, and aged care and incapacity house residents and employees. (Part 1b, with about 14m doses, is far wider and gained’t start till later this yr.) As Queensland and South Australia begin their applications immediately, the latter’s chief is urging the general public to disregard anti-vaccination “propaganda”. Point out of the vaccine sparked boos from the gang final night time on the tennis; in a single presenter’s phrases, “simply embarrassing”. Even so, the federal government is pulling paid advertisements for his or her main marketing campaign to extend vaccine confidence off Fb as they put together to debate the necessary information media bargaining code this week – opting as a substitute for “different platforms and conventional media” to fight public well being misinformation.

Talking of, Australia’s drug regulator says a bunch of practising Melbourne medical doctors are being investigated for selling hydroxychloroquine as a therapy for Covid-19, towards all scientific proof. Their firm, the Covid Medical Community, has additionally promoted different baseless claims, together with casting doubt on the reliability of Covid exams, in addition to the necessity for and efficacy of the vaccines, and says carrying masks will be dangerous to your well being.

Almost half 1,000,000 folks have died from the coronavirus within the US, the place the nation’s prime infectious ailments professional has predicted folks should still be carrying masks in 2022. Because the world grapples with its pandemic restoration, Australian economist Ross Garnaut warns that we have to put equity on the coronary heart of it.

Labor chief Anthony Albanese is asking for political leaders to discard rusted-on ideologies and embrace compassion in a speech reaching out to religion teams immediately (slated to incorporate a veiled swipe on the Coalition). He’s not anticipated to stipulate any new place on the federal government’s stalled spiritual freedom invoice. The speech coincides with the discharge of an open letter from Christian leaders to Morrison through which the writers vow to “stand in solidarity with the susceptible” after the nation’s “terrible yr”.

Australia

After comments about a ‘culture of disrespect’, the prime minister responded that it was not ‘confined to the parliament’.
After feedback a couple of ‘tradition of disrespect’, Scott Morrison responded that it was not ‘confined to the parliament’. {Photograph}: Joel Carrett/AAP

Scott Morrison yesterday indicated that he had reprimanded his employees for not bringing a former authorities staffer’s rape allegations to his consideration as quickly as a reporter submitted questions earlier this month. Forward of Brittany Higgins’ formal assertion to police on Wednesday, a 3rd lady has reportedly alleged that she was sexually assaulted by the identical staffer.

The variety of disabled younger folks dwelling on poverty-level advantages has “exploded” by greater than 300% over the previous decade, new information reveals. With tightened guidelines on incapacity pensions blamed, the federal government has been urged to deal with “intractable issues”.

Greens chief Adam Bandt needs the following federal election to be a referendum on inequality in addition to local weather motion. Over the weekend he stated the pandemic has seen strange folks endure whereas “billionaires and massive companies are making out like bandits”.

The world

Protest against military coup in YangonFlowers are left at a makeshift memorial for the people killed during a protest against the military coup in Mandalay on the previous day, in Yangon, Myanmar, February 21, 2021.
Flowers are left at a makeshift memorial for the folks killed throughout a protest towards the army coup in Mandalay. {Photograph}: Reuters

Witnesses have described the killing of protesters as unrest continues in Myanmar. Worldwide condemnation of the army continues, as Aung San Suu Kyi stays below home arrest.

Iran has brushed apart European calls to droop its plan to chop again on UN inspections of its nuclear websites and can impose a brand new restrictive regime this week.

A H5N8 pressure of chook flu has been detected in people for the primary time, amongst seven employees who had been contaminated at a Russian poultry plant in December. There’s to this point no proof of the pressure being transmitted between people.

Donald Trump will deal with a convention this week on the way forward for the Republican celebration – as a rising variety of Republican donors goal to prise the celebration from his affect.

Beneficial reads

Albanese said the words about the frontier wars were unintentionally omitted from the speech he delivered at the war memorial.
Anthony Albanese stated the phrases in regards to the frontier wars had been unintentionally omitted from the speech he delivered on the warfare memorial. {Photograph}: Mike Bowers/The Guardian

Anthony Albanese’s high-quality phrases in federal parliament marking 13 years since Kevin Rudd’s apology to the stolen technology had been outstanding and laudatory, writes Paul Daley. They’d have been extra so if spoken on the warfare memorial. The Labor chief’s assertion of the historic “holes in nationwide reminiscence” round frontier violence and resistance is significant, Daley agrees – nevertheless it was at an occasion two weeks earlier – “within the lion’s den of the nation’s most well-liked narrative” as Indigenous author and activist Jack Latimore describes it – that Albanese may have spoken most successfully of these nationwide memorial holes.

“Should you’re on the lookout for a salve or an escape in your bingeable TV, look additional than Veep. Don’t even suppose about hitting play,” Shaad D’Souza advises. “Get so far as you’ll be able to from this present, a seven-season odyssey of human cruelty, pettiness and political horror. You gained’t discover escapism on this story of america’ first feminine vice-president – simply the savage and brutally humorous, the imply, the insane and the inane.”

Plus: contained in the battle to revive Christchurch’s cathedral. Whereas new buildings have sprung up round it, the smash has lengthy been a painful reminder of the 2011 earthquake. The 19th-century neo-gothic construction had been Christchurch’s namesake and defining image, right down to the native authorities’s brand. Lastly, a decade after the catastrophe, a path ahead has emerged that will assist town and its folks to heal.

Pay attention

On Thursday, Fb blocked all information on its platform in Australia. This historic transfer got here throughout escalating tensions over laws that may power Fb and Google to barter a good fee with information organisations for utilizing their content material. In the present day on Full Story, reporter Joshua Taylor explains the important thing arguments for and towards the media bargaining code, and explores what Fb could also be hoping to realize by blocking information.

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Sport

As major tournaments come and go, prophecies of the end of an era become louder and more convincing, yet 10 of the last 11 times they have concluded with Djokovic or Rafael Nadal standing on top of the podium. ‘We’re talking about some cyborgs of tennis, in a good way,’ admitted Medvedev. ‘They are better than other tennis players.’
Novak Djokovic routs Daniil Medvedev to say the ninth Australian Open title.
{Photograph}: William West/AFP/Getty Photos

For greater than a decade Novak Djokovic has made profitable the Australian Open an virtually annual behavior. He did so for the ninth time final night time, holding off early strain from Daniil Medvedev earlier than viciously dismantling his challenger – and displaying, as Jonathan Howcroft writes, that the following technology nonetheless path the previous guard in the case of the largest phases. His subsequent aim: overthrowing Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s file. On Saturday, Naomi Osaka clinched her ultimate to enhance her grand slam title haul to 4 in 4 tries, and the hype actually started.

Because the event drew to a detailed, Australian Open boss Craig Tiley stated the choice to push forward had been vindicated and was a alternative he’d make “100 occasions over”.

Usually, when any sporting season is approaching the midway level, patterns have developed and unknowns change into knowns. Neither is true within the AFLW, with 4 rounds gone and with 5 remaining.

Media roundup

A Sunshine Coast newbie rugby league participant died after collapsing on the sphere, the ABC reviews. Additionally on the ABC: the Northern Territory’s chief minister has stated dishonesty from former workforce members stopped him “performing early and publicly” to deal with Labor’s rising political scandal. Two cleaners who “by chance” breached an Adelaide quarantine resort are actually on the centre of a safety probe – the Advertiser explains. And in response to the Australian, the federal authorities is formally advising the governor normal {that a} royal fee into media variety shouldn’t proceed.

Developing

A 3-day NSW public inquiry into coercive management begins immediately.

Federal parliament resumes sitting this week.

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