In Australia a person who Works at two Sydney quarantine hotels tested positive for Covid-19. NSW Health said it was notified of the new infection last night. Urgent genomic testing is underway to determine the source of the infection, and the person’s close contacts have also been evaluated. It is the first locally acquired case in 55 days in New South Wales. It is not counted in today’s figures, but will be included in tomorrow’s.
The United States reports a record day of vaccinations
Australian Prime Minister and Paul Kelly receive second dose of Pfizer vaccine
AustraliaThe prime minister and medical director just received his second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, along with 84-year-old Jane Malysiak, who survived WWII and emigrated to Australia from Poland more than 70 years ago.
All three were among the first people to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in Australia last month and are now among the first to be fully inoculated. Scott Morrison will address a press conference shortly.
Hundreds of international students in three major London universities refuse to pay their fees because they say that learning primarily in their rooms has not justified prices of up to £ 29,000 a year.
More than 300 Royal College of Art students, two-thirds of them from abroad, started a tuition fees strike in January, The Guardian has found, potentially withholding around £ 3.4 million in fee payments, in an attempt to force to the university to issue refunds during the past year.
International students, who pay £ 29,000 a year for a master’s course at RCA, took action despite fearing their visas would be revoked. After a letter from the school threatening suspension, some backed down, but the principal, Paul Thompson, confirmed in a meeting on March 4 that 93 students had not yet paid. The strikers were told in an email this week that they would be suspended if they did not pay or reached an agreement with the university on Monday.
the We is under increasing pressure to share Covid-19 vaccine doses with less wealthy nations as advocates call for the prevention of an emerging “vaccine apartheid” and point to the strategic and diplomatic importance of sharing essential drugs.
Calls to share vaccine doses increased this week after the Biden administration announced an additional purchase of 100 million vaccine doses from Johnson & Johnson. The US government has now purchased enough doses of vaccines from Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson to vaccinate 500 million people, nearly the entire double eligible population.
The administration also has the rights to 100 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine. The vaccine has not been licensed in the US, but is licensed for use in other parts of the world. AstraZeneca called on the United States to “seriously consider” donating the vaccines elsewhere, a company spokesman said.