EU regulator approves fifth Covid-19 vaccine

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended the use of a Covid-19 vaccine made by US-based biotech firm Novavax for people aged 18 and older. Trial data suggests the vaccine is 90% effective. On Monday, the EMA backed the use of Nuvaxovid, a vaccine developed by Novavax, for adults, making it the fifth Covid shot to date to be given the green light by the bloc’s drugs regulator. “After a thorough evaluation, the EMA’s human medicines committee (CHMP) concluded by consensus that the data on the vaccine was robust and met the EU criteria for efficacy, safety and quality,” the agency said.

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GINA’S CRUISING ON RIGHT TRACK

WHEN Gina Rinehart raised the point at the Future Gold Coast luncheon on Thursday that it was time more investment was put into superyacht marinas around the cruising grounds of Queensland, it wasn’t a glib point. Those with the foresight on the Gold Coast for what a lucrative industry the superyacht cruising game is have backed investment in the sector – from extra berthing at the Southport Yacht Club to a tailor-made superyacht marina and maintenance sheds at The Boat Works as part of its $100m development program.

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Gina Rinehart calls for more places to moor her yacht by Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games

Ms Rinehart also pleaded for more beach clubs and improvements to coastal infrastructure, declaring Queensland ripe to poach the sailing tourist market from Europe. “What an improvement this would be, if government tape permitted, to combine the needed retaining wall with an international class beach club protecting the swimmers all-year round from sharks, crocodiles, dangerous jellyfish and stingers. “We mustn‘t squander the opportunity.”

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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announces landmark 2032 Olympic Games committee at Future Brisbane

Among the high-profile luncheon guests was event partner and Hancock Prospecting Executive Chairman Gina Rinehart, who has supported hundreds of Olympic athletes and is patron of several national sporting organisations. Rinehart, who contributes up to $10m each year to the four Olympic sports of swimming, rowing, volleyball and artistic swimming, used her event address to call for a “can do” approach to the 2032 Games and an end to government red tape. The mining magnate said Australia could not “squander the opportunity” to create world-class infrastructure ahead of the Games, which must not be “marred in tape and mediocrity”. “Queenslanders have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help to make Queensland shine,” she said.

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Gina Rinehart calls for an end to ‘red tape’

Hancock Prospecting’s Gina Rinehart used her address to call for a ‘fresh look’ and ‘can do’ approach to end government red tape. She said we could not ‘squander the opportunity’ to create world-class infrastructure ahead of the Games and we don’t want it to be ‘marred in red tape and mediocrity’.

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