Covid-19 vaccination

Samoa lays out Covid-19 vaccine plan

The Director General of Health, Leausa Dr Take Naseri, said the age group of 18 years and older would be vaccinated, but not those aged 85 and older.

Leausa said people with terminal illnesses such as cancer would also not be vaccinated.

The frontline workers in the health sector and people involved in the handling of repatriated flights would be the first to receive the vaccine, but Leausa said those who did not consent to receive a dose of the vaccine would be removed from the frontline.

Australian PM is vaccinated as rollout begins

His jab was televised on Sunday in order to help boost confidence in the vaccine rollout across Australia.

Vaccinations officially begin on Monday and at least 60,000 doses are expected to be administered next week.

On Saturday, small crowds of anti-vaccination demonstrators gathered to protest against the launch.

Mr Morrison was part of a small group of people vaccinated on Sunday along with some frontline health workers and care home residents. Australia's chief nurse Professor Alison McMillan and Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly were also immunised.

William 'proud' of Queen and Philip for having coronavirus jab

In a video call with frontline workers, Prince William offered his congratulations and described the programme as "tremendous" saying it didn't "just happen".

Staff joked they had been "thinking and dreaming" of vaccines all day and night with some describing working seven-day weeks.

The duke also praised his grandparents, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, for stepping up and getting the vaccine.

     

Russia begins Covid-19 vaccinations in Moscow

Its own vaccine Sputnik V, which was registered in August, is being used.

Developers say it is 95 percent effective and causes no major side effects, but it is still undergoing mass testing.

Thousands of people have already registered to get the first of two jabs over the weekend, but it is unclear how much Russia can manufacture.

Producers are only expected to make 2 million doses of the vaccine by the end of the year.