Queensland authorities expect case numbers and exposure sites to grow today as three million across the state begin their first full day in lockdown; Victoria has recorded four new local cases. Follow all the day’s news
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Lt Gen John Frewen, who leads the national Covid vaccine taskforce, has been interviewed on Sky News.
Sky News’ Andrew Clennell asked Frewen about the suggestion he had been firm with Gladys Berejiklian in national cabinet when she had floated cancelling GP appointments in New South Wales and divert the Pfizer to southwestern Sydney.
Look, this is a national vaccine rollout programme, and it’s really important that we, we do vaccinate the whole nation at the same time.
So at the moment there’s plenty of AstraZeneca, we’re still a bit supply-limited on Pfizer so we’re allocating that proportionally across the nation, but it is really important that we do bring up the fully vaccinated rates as equitably as we can across the nation, because these hotspots can happen anywhere.
Turning briefly to other disasters: from next year Australians living in bushfire zones determine the risk posed by their homes.
The Bushfire Building Council of Australia CEO Kate Cotter told AAP:
We estimate that at least 90 per cent of buildings in (high risk) areas are not resilient to bushfire, putting lives, homes and livelihoods at unacceptable risk.
We have brought Australia’s leading bushfire scientists, engineers and industry together to give households a personalised, practical solution to adapt their homes.
We can’t prevent natural hazards from occurring so reducing our vulnerability to those hazards is central to limiting the impact they can cause.
The star rating self-assessment app will help put knowledge in the hands of all Australians to guide their risk reduction decisions.