Tuesday, May 11, 2021



Coronavirus live news: vaccine acceptance rising in UK, US and France; South Africa eases restrictions | World news

SII, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, is producing the AstraZeneca vaccine, developed with Oxford University, for dozens of poor and middle-income countries. The precise reason for the audit of SII’s manufacturing processes and facilities was not clear, but a green light would mean the drug could be exported to the European Union, the source said, declining to be identified because the review is confidential. The EU and Britain are mainly supplied by local facilities, but production problems have cut deliveries by the British-Swedish drugmaker to the EU, forcing it to...

Coronavirus live news: Captain Tom Moore funeral takes place; Italy announces further restrictions | World news

Italy has established a four-tier colour-coded system (white, yellow, orange and red) which allows for measures to be calibrated according to infection levels, with assessments revised every week. For the first time since the end of January, two regions - Basilicata and Molise - were shunted into the strictest red zone. This means bars and restaurants must be shuttered, movement severely restricted and all but essential shops closed. Three regions moved from yellow to orange zones: Lombardy and Piedmont, which are centred on the wealthy northern cities of Milan and...

Australia politics live: more than 100 Pfizer vaccine doses thrown out after incorrect storage; Victoria Covid restrictions to ease | Australia news

Victims of southeast Queensland’s 2011 floods have finally secured a partial payout after the state government and a dam operator agreed to pay $440m for their roles in the disaster, AAP reports. The Queensland government and state-owned dam operator SunWater have settled a class action claim by about 6,700 victims whose properties went under during a biblical rain event a decade ago. But while victims are happy about Friday’s settlement, there is fury too for a third party found responsible for exacerbating the disaster. Seqwater, another state-owned dam operator, is...
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