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WHO team in Wuhan departs quarantine for COVID-19 origins study

Hotel staff waved goodbye to the researchers, who were wearing face masks. The bus driver wore a full-body white protective suit. They drove about 30 minutes to a lakeside Hilton resort-like hotel. A worker in protective gear carries a dumbbell belonging to the WHO team. Credit:AP Former WHO official Keiji …

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Stuck in a snowstorm, US healthcare workers give expiring COVID-19 vaccines to stranded drivers

The impromptu vaccination session amid a snowstorm is the latest example of healthcare workers scrambling to make use of leftover doses during a sometimes chaotic rollout that’s seen around 21.1 million people receive one or both doses of the vaccine in the United States. Weber’s six leftover Moderna doses, which …

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Thank you, Queensland. But this year, I must ask you for one thing

We’ve demonstrated we’re capable of handling this disease and the vaccine will be a life-saver once it’s fully rolled out later this year. Of course, two jabs in the arm won’t end the pandemic. As long as COVID-19 is in circulation somewhere in the world – whatever the variant – …

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Spinifex Gum: the girls’ choir that has put Pilbara life on stage

Felix Riebl performing at Bluesfest with his band the Cat Empire.Credit:Jorge Branco In 2015, Gondwana Choirs commissioned Riebl to create an original work, and Spinifex Gum – a Song Cycle had its premiere a year later, performed by the Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir and the Gondwana National Choirs. Marliya Choir …

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The other superpowers calling the shots

Losing access to the Chinese market will seriously damage a lot of business, perhaps even driving some to the wall, while others will diversify and find alternatives after taking on a lot of pain. Similarly, losing access to Google will seriously damage a lot of small businesses that rely enormously …

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Too distracted to farewell the ferry, Sydney’s great vessel of stories

We’re sorry. Truly, we are. We’ll miss you. It’s just the sky is so blue and the sun on the water looks so beautiful and … we got distracted. We do that a lot in Sydney: look at the water, become distracted. The Freshwater-class ferries have braved some large swells …

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Target Time and Superquiz, Friday, January 29

TARGET TIME Credit: Find words of four letters or more. Every word must include the centre letter and each letter is used once only. Find at least one nine-letter word. No colloquial or foreign words, capitalised nouns, apostrophes or hyphens. No verbs or plural words ending in “s”. Solution list …

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Back to school COVID rules: How the first day will be different in 2021

Adults are required to sign in using QR code posters at the school entrance or administration building. “If you’re simply dropping your child off in a carpark, then you’re fine, but if you’re visiting the school, you need to check in to ensure we can continue contact tracing in our …

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Traditional owners launch federal bid to stop raising of Warragamba Dam wall

Gundungurra woman Kazan Brown, who has worked with Ms Halls to raise awareness of the cultural and historical significance of the area, said there were rock engravings, scar trees, camp sites, burial sites and ceremony grounds within the valley that would be wiped out if the walls were raised. Loading …

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CA’s unlikely ally for early vaccine access for Test stars

The AMA’s view is that the nation’s most vulnerable, such as frontline health care workers, should be given top priority “with almost no exceptions” but Australia’s cricketers should be looked at for an exemption. South Africa is struggling to contain a second wave of the pandemic with a new more …

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