October 26, 2021

Coronavirus live news: EU vaccine export controls spark anger in UK and Australia

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10.25pm GMT

Coronavirus fragments have been detected in wastewater at three Victorian towns, with residents urged to get tested if they have any symptoms.

Remnants of the virus were detected in Gisborne in the Macedon Ranges on Tuesday, Hamilton in the southwest on Wednesday and Leongatha in south Gippsland on 19 January.

10.24pm GMT

The minister for veterans affairs and defence personnel, Darren Chester, is speaking on the ABC now. He’s been asked about the European Union’s export control measures, and again confirms the government, through foreign minister Marise Payne, has been raising the issue with EU officials.

These conversations around the supply of vaccines have been happening for months. The cabinet has, without giving away cabinet conversations, cabinet has been meeting and discussing the issue of the vaccine since the middle of last year.

As I understand it, the conversations are still occurring, but the latest advice I’ve received from the HealthMinister and as late as yesterday … was that the rollout is expected to occur towards the end of February and we will start with the most vulnerable Australians first, as you would expect, and I think Australians, rather than looking to find fault in the vaccination program, Australians can be confident that the steps they’ve taken, the steps state and federal governments have taken together have kept us safe. We are in a strong position as a nation because of the work the community has done, that governments have done.

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