Australia news live: New Zealand travel bubble expected to be announced

Posted by on April 5, 2021 5:43 pm
Categories: Global Stories

Jacinda Ardern set to announce start date of trans-Tasman bubble, which would allow travel between the two countries without quarantining. Follow all the latest news and updates, live

10.41pm BST

Prime minister Scott Morrison has tweeted his support for Liberal senator Jim Molan who revealed yesterday that he would be taking leave after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer.

Jen and I wish you & your family all the best for your treatment & recovery, Jim.

We’ve worked together for over a decade now & you’ve always put your service above all else, even now. You are an incredible person. We will all be here to support you through this battle ahead.

10.36pm BST

Australia risks never achieving herd immunity to Covid-19 unless it ramps up its strategy for engaging with vaccine-hesitant populations, a former health department chief and an epidemiologist have warned.

While health officials remain confident in the effectiveness of the AstraZeneca vaccine, they have told Guardian Australia they are concerned that recent reports about blood clotting will not curb vaccine hesitancy rates.

Related: Australia warned it won’t achieve herd immunity unless it deals with vaccine hesitancy

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