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How to be as safe as possible this Fourth of July, according to a leading infectious disease expert – Business Insider Australia

Editor’s Note: Dr. William Schaffner, one of the nation’s leading infectious disease experts and a professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Centre, has been helping to keep people healthy for decades. In an interview which has been edited for cl…

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  • This Fourth of July is going to look a little different for everyone this year.
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Russia approves first virus vaccine – Australian Associated Press

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President Vladimir Putin says Russia has become the first country in the world to grant regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine after less than two months of human testing, a move hailed by Moscow as evidence of its scientific prowess.

The vaccine still has to complete final trials, raising concerns among some experts at the speed of its approval, but the Russian business conglomerate Sistema has said it expects to put it into mass production by the end of…



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COVID-19 returns to New Zealand – Australian Associated Press

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New Zealand’s golden COVID-19 run is over, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern placing Auckland in a short-term lockdown after confirming the country’s first cases of community transmission in 102 days.

For three months, New Zealanders have enjoyed the return of usual freedoms after an autumn lockdown proved effective in eliminating the deadly virus.

Those freedoms will be put on hold as health authorities undertake rapid contact tracing and widespread…



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Melbourne mask arrest to face scrutiny – Australian Associated Press

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The arrest of an unmasked woman will face scrutiny by Victoria Police’s professional standards command, amid calls for robust oversight of the force’s expanded COVID-19 powers.

A 21-year-old woman from St Kilda became involved in an altercation on Monday after officers spotted her not wearing a mask in Collingwood.

Video has emerged of a male officer placing his hands around the woman’s neck during the arrest.

“He’s choking me. He’s choking me. Get…



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