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Monday, June 14, 2021

COVID-19

On getting the COVID-19 vaccine: Are you in or out?

To inoculate or not to inoculate. This has been perhaps the greatest question posed by 2020, which gave birth to a calamity that marks as one of the worst throughout mankind’s history, and is a query that pervades to...

Australia’s support for Philippines’ COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Australia is pledging $500 million to ensure an accessible rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in the Indo-Pacific which includes the Philippines. Steven Robinson, Australian Ambassador to the Philippines has outlined where the funds will be focused. “This is for the purchase...

How do we know the COVID vaccine won’t have long-term side-effects?

By Samantha Carlson, Telethon Kids Institute; Christopher Blyth, University of Western Australia; Lucy Deng, University of Sydney; Margie Danchin, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, and Nicholas Wood, University of Sydney As Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout begins, many people still have questions...

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in Australia

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has today approved the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for use in Australia following a full and thorough assessment process. The vaccine has met the required standards for safety, quality and efficacy and will be provided free...

Philippines bans travel from Australia, other countries with new COVID-19 variant

The Philippines has imposed a ban on travelers from 20 countries including Australia and will not be allowed entry from 30 December. The ban would remain in place until 15 January. In a memorandum to Philippine Health Secretary Francisco Duque...

Post-lockdown survival reflections among seniors

After 111 days of lockdown, Melbourne Premier Daniel Andrews finally and significantly eased COVID-19 restrictions that included social isolation from family and friends, even a curfew from 8pm to 5am in the morning, causing terrible fear and sadness among...

Team of heroes supporting over one thousand Filipino international students in Melbourne

As the coronavirus began to spread in Australia in March, the community felt the effects with immediate loss of hours and in some cases, job losses. On 29 March, five ladies, Archie Tabut, Marie Roxas, Stefanie Bacanto Chung, Elena...

VMC Chair congratulates Melburnians, reminds all to ‘celebrate responsibly’

As we celebrate two days in a row of zero cases earlier this week, and further easing of restrictions in Victoria, I thank and congratulate every member of our community for the part you played in getting on top of...

Who may or may not travel to the Philippines during the COVID-19 pandemic?

One of the unfortunate, if necessary, consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic is the imposition of travel bans by governments in order to protect their people and their territories. The Philippines is no exception to this, as its government moved...

Getting through to a post-COVID world together

When the COVID-19 restrictions tightened, the Knox Community Chess Enthusiasts (KCCE) at Westfield Knox and Rowville Library were forced to pause play along with the rest of Victorians. The stimulating social outlet for many retirees and shopping husbands was shut...
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AFCS serving the vulnerable during Melbourne lockdown

By Maria Smith Covid-19 has never really left us, only coming back in more alarming variants. Whatever name it assumes,...
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