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Coronacast is a podcast that answers your questions about coronavirus. We break down the latest news and research to help you understand how the world is living through a pandemic.

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    • Новости

Coronacast is a podcast that answers your questions about coronavirus. We break down the latest news and research to help you understand how the world is living through a pandemic.

    Can Novavax save Australia's vaccine rollout?

    Can Novavax save Australia's vaccine rollout?

    The clinical trial results are in for another coronavirus vaccine, this one made by the company Novavax, and at first glance they look really good.

    We say first glance because the results have not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal, and are from the company's press release.

    They show the shot is very effective against COVID-19 and also shows promise for some of the more concerning variants we're up against.

    So on today's Coronacast, what could this mean for Australia's vaccine rollout and might Novavax be able to give the campaign a much needed shot in the arm.

    Also on today's show:

    * What has the medical community's reaction been to last week's death of a 52-year-old woman who'd received the AstraZeneca vaccine?

    * Worries about the spread of the Delta variant in the UK delay complete reopening

    * Canada's vaccine rollout surges ahead

    • 12 мин.
    Will lockdowns and restrictions end when we're vaccinated?

    Will lockdowns and restrictions end when we're vaccinated?

    We know that vaccination is the fastest way out of this pandemic, and the sooner we can get the jab the sooner we're protected.

    But according to modelling from the Burnet Institute, even with high levels of vaccination, it might be a while yet before we can say goodbye to restrictions and other impositions on our lives.

    That's partly because of unknowns like how variants will continue to evolve, and because the vaccines don't work 100 per cent of the time in some people.

    So on today's Coronacast, looking ahead - what can we expect, even if we get to very high levels of vaccination?



    Guest:
    Burnet Institute Deputy Director and infectious diseases and public health specialist, Professor Margaret Hellard

    • 14 мин.
    Goodbye Alpha. Hello Delta.

    Goodbye Alpha. Hello Delta.

    There are lots of words that are used to describe the Delta coronavirus variant: highly contagious, very infectious, fast moving.

    But maybe it's time to add the word successful.

    The Delta variant has now overtaken the homegrown Alpha variant in the UK as the most dominant strain, and numbers are rising in the United States as well.

    So on today's Coronacast, we look ahead as to what the rise of Delta might mean for the world.

    Also on today's show:

    * Why is there a variation state to state on vaccination rollouts?

    * Evidence from Germany shows earlier detection and better treatment is lowering AstraZeneca clot mortality

    • 11 мин.
    A hotel trip to write home about!

    A hotel trip to write home about!

    It sounds like a lovely holiday: a week or two in Melbourne, see the sights before travelling north to the picturesque sandy beaches of Jervis Bay.

    Well, it's nice if you're a person. If it's the coronavirus variant of concern known as Delta, it's not not really a getaway you want to be part of.

    According to Victorian health authorities, the Delta cluster they're battling has been traced back to a guest from early May who came through hotel quarantine.

    On today's Coroncast, why that discovery will hopefully help them end the lockdown on time.

    Also on today's show:

    * More about getting your 2nd Pfizer dose in Victoria

    * Is there any evidence that vaccinated people are shedding the virus post vaccine?

    * Do mRNA vaccines change your DNA?

    * What happens if you don't get vaccinated by the time Australia reopens to the world?

    • 12 мин.
    What's worse: big numbers or one mystery case?

    What's worse: big numbers or one mystery case?

    As the days count down to Thursday, the question on everyone's mind is: will Victoria come out of lockdown or do they need a bit longer?

    Every day, health authorities say they're taking it one day at a time as more and more information is gathered.

    So what does it mean that Victoria has posted 11 new cases yesterday, when it was low single figures the day before?

    Thankfully, all the cases have been linked to existing cases and many were already in quarantine. But as today's Coronacast explains, issues still remain.

    Also on today's show:

    * Lockdown hard and fast or keep everything open?

    * Many Victorian Coronacasters are reporting issues with getting their second Pfizer booking. What's going on?

    • 9 мин.
    So where's all this heading by Thursday?

    So where's all this heading by Thursday?

    Over the last few days in Victoria, there have been low numbers of new COVID cases - but every new case is not the same.

    Recently, many of them are people already in quarantine, which shows that contact tracers have successfully found and isolated people before they can infect more people in the community.

    But others, like two cases to be announced today, are slightly more problematic: they're another health care worker and aged-care resident.

    And then there's the cluster that no one saw coming: the discovery of a different variant not known to be circulating in the community.

    So on today's Coronacast, how's it looking for Victoria's hopeful reopening this Thursday?

    Also on today's show:

    * If the vaccines only stop severe illness and do not stop spread, how is herd immunity possible?

    * Are the Delta and Kappa variants covered by the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines?

    * I've been donating plasma, but now that I'm vaccinated I'm feeling a bit selfish about giving away my newly made antibodies. Should I be concerned?

    • 12 мин.

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