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Covid-19 Update

Australian Catholic hospitals requests government to make vaccinations mandatory to all healthcare employees

Sydney, Australia (CU)_ Following the declaration of a national emergency in the most populated state of Australia, Catholic non-profit hospitals urged the Australian government to make vaccines mandatory for all healthcare employees throughout the nation. During an emergency Cabinet meeting, New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian requested for a refocusing of vaccine deployment in Australia. She explained about the need to make changes in the country’s vaccination strategy. She said, “There is no doubt that if we want to contain this virus and stop it impacting our freedom and our economy, we need to have a discussion about refocusing...

Breakthrough by TD Bank to support remote, rural and Indigenous communities

TORONTO (CU)_Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the transition to digital banking, as lockdown restrictions and branch closures forced customers to access financial services online. One of the noteworthy benefits of this is that it has narrowed the gap between those who have access to brick-and-mortar branches and those don’t. Accordingly, Toronto-Dominion Bank has decided to capitalise on this benefit by offering services through Canada Post offices...

Top UK bank returns to profitability

LONDON (CU)_Amid the COVID-19 pandemic last year, many banks across the United Kingdom reported huge losses as they were forced to set aside billions of pounds to cover potential defaults linked to the global health crisis. However, now with one of the most successful vaccination campaigns underway, the country is beginning to experience an economic turnaround which is reflected in the balance sheets of the top financial service providers...

South African pharma releases its initial batch of African-made COVID-19 Johnson vaccine

Johannesburg, South Africa (CU)_ Aspen Pharmaceuticals, South Africa’s largest multinational pharmaceutical giant, announced on Monday that it has released the first batch of African-made COVID-19 vaccinations under a licensing agreement with the US company Johnson & Johnson. According to the Durban-based company, the first consignment of vaccine was leaving its plant at Gqeberha, earlier known as Port Elizabeth. According to the statement, it outlines the release as a significant landmark....

What does the Education Minister have to say about the full reopening of schools?

are in place to support the full reopening of schools in time for the start of the new school year at the end of August/start of September 2021. As has been the case throughout the pandemic, the reopening will be carried out in close consultation with Public Health and education partners. Minister Foley quoted…  “We are in constant communication with public health specialists ahead of the new school year and we can...

Three more Brisbane schools caught up in another outbreak!

Even after all the lockdown and great care taken in Australia so that the spread of the Covid virus could be stopped has not been effective. Another three Brisbane schools have been caught up in the latest COVID-19 outbreak in Brisbane. With at least 11 schools located within a 10 kilometer radius of the initial outbreak at Indooroopilly State High School, and thousands of students, staff and families from several schools...

New Zealand best country to survive an apocalypse?

(CU)_A financial crisis, major food losses, as well as a pandemic have been reported over the recent years and we have been lucky that all of them did not happen at the same time. However, there is no real reason to believe it all of that could not happen in the same year, given the “perilous state” which human civilisation is currently in. Therefore a group of researchers recently...