AstraZeneca COVID vaccine considerations raised, NSW-Victoria border tensions rise, 2021 Australian Open set to start in Melbourne


“I might urge folks this to take a look at the complete info not simply decide one determine from that examine,” he mentioned, referring to an interim report from part three medical trials of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Professor Kelly mentioned three completely different international locations with barely completely different protocols had been concerned within the part three AstraZeneca trial – the outcomes of which have been revealed in early December and kind the premise of the considerations expressed by the Australian and New Zealand Society for Immunology right now.

“The pooled consequence was 70 per cent [effectiveness]. In a single group, it was 90 per cent. And 62 per cent was the bigger group,” he mentioned. The Australian and New Zealand Society for Immunology is most concerned about the 62 per cent figure.

Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly.

Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly.Credit score:Alex Ellinghausen

Professor Kelly mentioned extra info was nonetheless on its strategy to the Therapeutic Items Administration, which is in the end answerable for approving the vaccine.

“We’ll have way more info than a five- or six-page article revealed in [the medical journal] The Lancet when the TGA makes its choice. They’re going to have tens of hundreds of pages, in all probability, of knowledge,” he mentioned.

“As soon as they make that call we’ll be guided by it. At minimal, [it is an] efficient vaccine. It undoubtedly exceeds the World Well being Organisation’s aim of over 50 per cent effectiveness.”

Professor Kelly mentioned the federal government would speed up its public info marketing campaign as soon as vaccines have been accepted and accessible, and stopped in need of commenting on whether or not some members of Parliament have been undermining the federal government’s personal well being recommendation on social media.

Liberal backbencher Craig Kelly has turn out to be a dangerous source of dubious advice at a time when the federal government desires full help for a mammoth effort to vaccinate nearly everybody.

“That is their option to do these in a democratic nation that enables free speech,” he mentioned.

“I might say this although – all alongside, I’ve labelled this because the social media pandemic. Folks ought to actually watch out about who they’re listening to and who they’re wanting [to] for recommendation. I might actually respectfully say the Australian authorities and the state and territory governments are the locations to go to first.”