Australia COVID LIVE updates: Cases soar in NSW as Victoria braces for more Delta variant infections

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How the vaccine rollout is progressing in your state or territory

The latest vaccination rollout figures show which states and territories are lagging behind in the rollout.

About 75 per cent of people aged over 70 have received one dose in South Australia, NSW and Victoria, compared to 94 per cent of people in this age group in the ACT. Across the country, 35 per cent of people over 70 are fully vaccinated.

Only 59 per cent of people aged between 50 and 70 have received one dose of the vaccine in NSW, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia, compared to 81 per cent in the ACT. About 21 per cent of people in this age bracket have been fully vaccinated across Australia.

Pfizer more effective with eight-week gap between doses

Spacing out the two doses of the Pfizer COVID vaccine by eight to 10 weeks boosts immunity more effectively than a shorter interval of the two-shot regimen, a new study has found.

But the Oxford University study published on Friday found there is a sharp drop in antibody levels after the first dose.

“For the longer dosing interval … neutralising antibody levels against the Delta variant were poorly induced after a single dose, and not maintained during the interval before the second dose,” the authors of the study said.

“Following two vaccine doses, neutralising antibody levels were twice as high after the longer dosing interval compared with the shorter dosing interval.”

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Hello, I’m Pallavi Singhal and thanks for joining us this morning.

Here are some of the major headlines this morning:

  • A COVID-19 adviser to the Japanese government has delivered a scathing assessment of Tokyo 2020’s capacity to withstand a significant outbreak in the Games village, as 106 people associated with the Olympics returned positive COVID-19 results.
  • NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian is set to delay thousands of second COVID-19 vaccines and redirect the doses to Sydney’s south-west in a dramatic escalation of the government’s response to the fast-spreading Delta strain. NSW recorded 136 new local cases yesterday, the highest daily tally in this outbreak.
  • Ms Berejiklian has also declared the state’s Delta outbreak is now a national emergency and a new mass vaccination strategy is needed to stem the spread of cases through essential workplaces.
  • Victoria recorded 14 new local cases, South Australia recorded one new case and a flight attended tested positive in Queensland yesterday after flying between Brisbane and a number of regional centres.

State and territory leaders will be providing further updates later this morning.

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