Australia to give fourth COVID-19 jab to over 65s

Raina MacIntyre, head of the biosecurity program at the Kirby Institute of the University of NSW, welcomed news of a fourth jab but said she would have preferred the dose be made available to everyone aged over 50. READ MORE

Omicron BA.2 COVID Variant Symptoms Explained As New U.S. Wave Possible

Raina MacIntyre, head of the Biosecurity Research Program at the Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, also thinks a surge in cases could be on the way in the U.S. READ MORE

‘The virus can still wreak havoc’: NSW case numbers a reminder the pandemic isn’t over

Experts say case numbers rising in New South Wales is a sharp reminder the pandemic is not over and should not be treated as such.

NSW recorded 16,288 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, an increase of more than 3000 from the day before. READ MORE

Will we need annual Covid-19 boosters?

Experts agree that the Covid-19 vaccines will need to be updated to provide greater protection against future variants—but many "don't think the entire population is going to need annual vaccines," Katherine Wu writes for The Atlantic. READ MORE

Govt denies failing aged care in Omicron

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard has defended the decision to ease COVID-19 restrictions in December, denying at a parliamentary inquiry that aged care representatives warned him against making the move. READ MORE

Australian respiratory scientist Guy Marks discusses need for global elimination strategy to end COVID pandemic

In this video interview, Australian respiratory physician and environmental epidemiologist Professor Guy Marks speaks with the World Socialist Web Site about a recent statement issued by himself and two other leading Australian epidemiologists—Brendan Crabb and Raina MacIntyre. Entitled “Backed by Science: Here’s How We Can Eliminate COVID-19” their appeal was published on January 23 in Health Policy Watch and reported on the WSWS.

We should not expect COVID-19 to become an endemic virus – scientist

Covid-19 will never become an endemic illness and will always behave like an epidemic virus, an expert in biosecurity, Raina MacIntyre, a professor of global biosecurity at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, told CNBC. READ MORE

Covid will always be an epidemic virus — not an endemic one, scientist warns

Raina MacIntyre, a professor of global biosecurity at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, told CNBC that although endemic disease can occur in very large numbers, the number of cases does not change rapidly as seen with the coronavirus. READ MORE

What life will be like as the Covid-19 pandemic ends

The end of the pandemic could be just months away so what will life be like once we enter the “endemic” phase of the disease? READ MORE

Coalition of Australian health experts calls for urgent rethink on face masks

For all of Australia’s successes in keeping Covid-19 cases and deaths as low as possible, experts say we are falling behind the rest of the world in one key area. READ MORE