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Mask rule for airports to be dumped, Novavax COVID-19 jab approved as booster

Passengers will no longer need to wear masks at the airport from midnight on Friday, and the warrant remains in place for flights.
The Australian Health Protection Committee (AHPPC) is abandoning its recommendation to wear masks at airport terminals, the Albanian government announced on Tuesday.

The rule will fall as early as Saturday, but flyers will still have to wear masks on planes to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

In a statement, the government said the committee did not consider the mandate for the terminals “proportional” following relaxed rules for wearing masks across states and territories.
“The government notes the AHPPC has recommended that Australians continue to wear masks as a key measure to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 and the flu,” the statement read.
“The masks help us protect the most vulnerable people in our community who can’t get vaccinated and those who are most at risk of developing serious illness.”

The statement said the committee will continue to review the wearing of masks on flights, and will provide further advice in the future.

Novavax vaccine approved as a COVID-19 booster

Novavax has been approved as a COVID-19 booster for people 18 years of age and older.
In a statement issued Tuesday, Novavax announced that the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) had granted interim registration for the vaccine as a third jab.
La became available as a reminder last week.
“As COVID-19 continues to persist and evolve, we are pleased to be able to offer the first COVID-19 protein-based vaccine registered for use as a primary series and now recall any previous vaccine history,” said Novavax chief executive Stanley. Erck told you.

The approval was based on data including a trial phase held in Australia, and another in South Africa.

A health care worker administering a COVID-19 vaccine to a woman.A health care worker administering a COVID-19 vaccine to a woman.

Novavax has been approved as a COVID-19 booster for people 18 years of age and older. Source: AAP

The results showed a third dose of Novavax jab produced “increased comparable immune response or exceeded level of protection”.

The vaccine “triggers a strong antibody response” when used as a booster shot.
TGA granted interim registration in January for Novavax use in people 18 years of age and older.
In March, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Vaccination recommended Novavax for use as a booster for over 18 years where an mRNA vaccine such as Pfizer is not appropriate.

In May, the company filed for vaccine registration to be given to teens between the ages of 12 and 17.

THE MOST

Coming as an expert at the Sydney Institute for Infectious Diseases (SIID) at the University of Sydney requires a national health protection strategy.
Co-director of the Institute, Ben Marais, said one of the promises of the Labor elections was to set up an Australian Centers for Disease Control.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that Australia does not have a national mechanism to properly collect disease surveillance data, coordinate responses and conduct rapid applied research to inform policy and guide decision-making.
“A national health protection strategy for all Australians is increasingly urgent,” Professor Marais said in a statement on Tuesday.
He said they needed careful consideration and consultation to establish the organization, which needs a leader in prevention, preparedness and response to disease outbreaks.

Professor Marais also said that the national organization needs to gather the collective expertise of researchers, epidemiologists, microbiologists and public health practitioners along with experts in communication, infection prevention and control and policy makers.

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