Morning mail: Vaccine rollout setback, Earth traps ‘unprecedented’ heat, ageing irreversible
Friday: State and territory leaders raised concerns about the safety of AstraZeneca for Australians aged 50 and over back in April. Plus: Endangered birds get singing lessons in captivity
Good morning. Another setback to the federal government’s already challenged vaccine rollout, Sydney’s Covid-19 cluster is causing concern, and the world is still getting hotter. It’s Friday 18 June, and this is Imogen Dewey with the main stories to see out your week – plus a soothing recommendation for baths.
In a blow to the country’s Covid vaccine rollout, AstraZeneca is now only recommended for Australians aged 60 and over. It has emerged the Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, raised concerns in April, during a national cabinet deliberation, about giving AstraZeneca to people in their 50s. And speaking of national virus strategy, experts have accused the federal government of “revising history” by describing the current national Covid aged care plan as the “7th edition” when no prior editions of the document exist.