Rachel Withers
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summer_schwartz January 15, 2021

Vaccine chief warns against delay

The vaccine debate continues, with the same outlet that brought you “Scientists call for pause on AstraZeneca rollout” now running an exclusive with the vaccine’s director, who warns a delay could cost lives. Professor Andrew Pollard, of the Oxford …

summer_schwartz January 14, 2021

House votes to impeach Trump

US President Donald Trump is on the verge of his second impeachment, with a vote under way in the House of Representatives. Democrats have a majority in the House, and seven Republican members have indicated they will vote to impeach. House speaker …

summer_schwartz January 13, 2021

Scientists warn against weaker vaccine

Immunology experts are calling for a pause on the AstraZeneca vaccine rollout because it may not be effective enough to generate herd immunity, the Nine papers report. While trials have shown the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to be about 95 per cent effective …

summer_schwartz January 12, 2021

Democrats push on with impeachment

Democrats have introduced an article of impeachment against US President Donald Trump, accusing him of inciting insurrection over the violent attack on the Capitol. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the article as early as Wednesday …

summer_schwartz January 11, 2021

Trump bans rile Coalition MPs

A number of conservative Australian MPs have cried “censorship” after every mainstream social media platform banned outgoing US President Donald Trump. Nationals MP George Christensen, who had an official fact-check placed on his …

summer_schwartz January 08, 2021

Leaders call for Trump’s removal

Figures on both sides of politics are demanding US President Donald Trump’s immediate removal from office following yesterday’s attack on the US Capitol. Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has called for the 25th Amendment to be invoked, …

summer_schwartz January 07, 2021

Trump protesters storm Capitol

The US Capitol Building has gone into lockdown after hundreds of pro-Trump protesters stormed the building during the count to certify Joe Biden’s victory. One woman is in a critical condition with a gunshot to the chest. The protesters were urged …

summer_schwartz January 06, 2021

Early vaccine rollout reported

Covid-19 vaccinations may begin in Australia as early as February, according to The Daily Telegraph, with the Pfizer shot to be offered under the first general approval (non-emergency) in the world. The paper is reporting a “more ambitious …

summer_schwartz January 05, 2021

Assange wins US extradition battle

Julian Assange will apply for bail this week, seeking to be released from Belmarsh prison after a British judge rejected a US bid to extradite him. District judge Vanessa Baraitser rejected arguments that the charges against Assange were politically motivated …