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The defence minister, Peter Dutton, says Scott Morrison is “looking forward very much” to welcoming South Korean president Moon Jae-in to Australia.
Moon is due to meet with the prime minister in Canberra tomorrow. While in Australia, Moon is also scheduled to meet with the opposition leader, Anthony Albanese – an engagement that Dutton described as “a sign of respect”.
I think it underscores particularly during Covid, where where travel is very difficult, what South Korea see in the Australian relationship. They see it as a vital relationship as do we. And there is an enormous amount of upside on trading, particularly in relation to green energy and hydrogen, a very important partner in that regard. So I think this really signals a deepening of the already very strong relationship between our two countries.
Everyone living in Australia aged 18 and over who has completed their primary two-dose course of vaccination at least five months ago is now eligible to have an additional booster shot. This was previously recommended to be six months from a second dose. A booster dose, five or more months after the second dose, will make sure that the protection from the primary course is even stronger and longer lasting and should help prevent spread of the virus. Data from Israel shows boosters supporting reductions in the rate of infection in eligible age groups, severe disease in those aged over 40 years and deaths in those over 60 years.