Australian authorities will investigate the death of a Queensland nursing home resident but say there doesn’t appear to be any causal link to the COVID-19 vaccine she had recently received.
Police were called to the Blue Care Springwood Yurana Aged Care Facility south of Brisbane about 1.30am on Friday after an 82-year-old woman passed away.
They have classed her death as non-suspicious and will prepare a report for the coroner.
Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, Paul Kelly, issued a statement on Wednesday evening pointing out more than 1000 people died in aged care every week and it was inevitable that would include some who had been recently vaccinated.
“It can be expected that older and more frail people in an aged care setting may pass away due to progression of underlying disease or natural causes. This does not mean the vaccine has contributed to this,” he said.
“The TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) is monitoring COVID-19 vaccination in elderly patients across the world and is in regular contact with global regulators.”
Professor Kelly said the TGA would continue to monitor the safety of vaccines rolled out in Australia and internationally.
“As with any other reported case it is investigated although at this stage there are no signs of any causal link,” he said.
The TGA in January investigated about 30 deaths among more than 40,000 older people, including frail patients and those expected to live only a few weeks, who had received the Pfizer vaccine in Norway.
The European Medicines Agency concluded no causal link between the vaccination and deaths could be established and the TGA found there was no specific risk of vaccinating “elderly” patients with the jab.
“Elderly patients can receive this vaccine and there is no cap on the upper age limit,” the TGA said at the time.
“The product information for health care professionals contains the following advice: ‘The data for use in the frail elderly (>85 years) is limited…the potential benefits of vaccination versus the potential risk and clinical impact of even relatively mild systemic adverse events in the frail elderly should be carefully assessed on a case-by-case basis’.”
Both COVID-19 vaccines in use in Australia can cause minor side effects, including headache, fever, muscle pain and fatigue, but have been declared safe to use.
Authorities do monitor for anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction, something the TGA says can occur with any vaccine but is very rare.
The EMA has found a possible link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and “very rare cases of unusual blood clots” but says the “overall benefits of the vaccine in preventing COVID-19 outweigh the risks of side effects”.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on Wednesday confirmed the government would continue to roll out the AstraZeneca jab unless it heard otherwise from the TGA.
Obama warns ‘true justice requires much more” after Floyd verdict
Former President Barack Obama has reacted to the George Floyd trial verdict, urging more action.
Former US police officer Derek Chauvin found guilty of killing George Floyd
Former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of killing George Floyd.Mr Chauvin was charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in George Floyd’s death on May 25, 2020, and was today found guilty of all three charges.He pleaded not guilty.Jurors took less than 24 hours to reach their verdict.LIVE…
Former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of killing George Floyd.
Mr Chauvin was charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in George Floyd’s death on May 25, 2020, and was today found guilty of all three charges.
He pleaded not guilty.
Jurors took less than 24 hours to reach their verdict.
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Judge Peter Cahill granted the motion to have Chauvin’s bail revoked.
Chauvin was led away from the dock after jurors confirmed their verdicts.
He was handcuffed and taken into custody by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office.
Judge Cahill said sentencing would begin in eight weeks’ time.
Emotional scenes have erupted across the US, with people celebrating and cheering as justice prevails for Floyd.
Crowds gathered outside the Minneapolis courtroom and at the location where Floyd was killed, chanting “justice” and “Black Lives Matter” after hearing the verdict at 4.10pm local time today.
9News US correspondent Alison Piotrowski, who was outside the court, told Today people had flooded Minneapolis streets to rejoice over the news.
“We’ve got people hugging here and really beautiful, emotional scenes, people are celebrating,” she said.
“This is justice for George Floyd’s family and also potentially a historic turning point for a country that has been so divided.”
One woman outside the courthouse told 9News she was “overly enthralled” by the verdict for the crime that shocked America and the world.
“Just thank God,” she said.
“I thought from the beginning they were going to do right. We were going to do this. It was going to stop here. I’m so proud.”
The guilty verdict means Chauvin could potentially face up to 40 years in prison.
Speaking from Los Angeles, 9News US correspondent Amelia Adams told Today the verdict was an “historic day” for America and the Black Lives Matter movement.
“It is enormous, a very much historic moment,” she said.
“This is really vindication for the BLM movement. It will be seen as a moment of reckoning.”
The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation (BLMGNF) in a statement said the guilty verdict demonstrated to the world white supremacy would not “win”, but the verdict would not bring back Floyd.
“We hope this guilty verdict begins to show that white supremacy will not win. White supremacy has no place in democracy, especially one that is supposed to guarantee us our freedom to live,” the statement said.
“But let us also be clear that this still does not bring our loved ones back. We do not get George Floyd back. His daughter and family have to grow up without him. His family continues his legacy through the George Floyd Memorial Foundation.”
Apple confirms ‘long-held’ rumours
Apple brings a splash of colour with new iPhone, iMac, iPads and key tracking AirTags.In its first event of the year, tech giant Apple has announced a range of new products in a fast-paced, one-hour virtual presentation overnight.While always expected to be the event where new iPad Pro devices would be announced, there was a…
Apple brings a splash of colour with new iPhone, iMac, iPads and key tracking AirTags.
In its first event of the year, tech giant Apple has announced a range of new products in a fast-paced, one-hour virtual presentation overnight.
While always expected to be the event where new iPad Pro devices would be announced, there was a whole lot more to come from the presentation, confirming many long-held rumoured products. In all, five new products were announced.
A Purple iPhone 12
Normally Apple reserves its iPhone announcements for later in the year, however in 2021 a new variant of the existing iPhone 12 will be available – in purple.
While exactly the same device, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini, will now come in the vibrant purple colour as a choice. The iPhone 12 in purple is available for Pre-order this Friday, and will ship to customers on Friday April 30
After opening its “Find My” app to third party companies just a week ago, Apple has muscled in on the key tracking market with their Apple AirTags.
These small circular tags contain a range of advanced technologies to allow your iPhone to locate them within a room, using pinpoint accuracy, even showing an arrow on the screen of your iPhone when you’re searching for the lost item.
When lost outside of the range of the owners iPhone, a set of keys can be marked lost, and the entire Apple ecosystem of millions of iPhone users form a search party, anonymously and privately helping you find your lost keys.
A single AirTag will cost $45, while a set of four will be $149. Each can be customised with letters or Emojis to identify them, plus there’ll be a range of accessories to match, hold and attach them to your things.
Apple TV 4K
One of Apple’s best but least talked about products, the small set top box that turns any TV into a smart TV gets a new update. Starting at $249, the new Apple TV 4K will come with an upgraded processor, straight from the iPhone, giving it the performance to improve picture quality, higher frame rates and improved gaming.
The new Apple TV 4K will also have the capability to pair with your iPhone to perform a scan of your TV screen to check the colour levels and self adjust to ensure you’re getting the perfect picture from your screen.
Apple’s most expensive iPads are also their most powerful. The new iPad Pro devices will feature Apple’s own processor the M1 which is also found in their laptop computers. This power means they have the performance to match their “Pro” tag with a market of designers, developers and high end users keen for the performance boost.
The latest iPad Pro will also feature 5G connectivity for faster file transfers and better video quality, plus the screen features a range of new technologies to make it the best ever seen on an Apple iPad.
In Australia, new iPad Pro will start at $1199 for the 11 inch model, going up to $1899 for the 12.9 inch model with 5G.
Over 20 years ago Steve Jobs revealed the “Bondi Blue” iMac all-in-one computer. At the time a radical design, received well but also ahead of its time.
With Apple’s market share at all time highs, the latest iMac looks back to that time, while featuring a radical new look for an all-in-one PC.
Available in seven colours (Blue, Green, Red, Pink, Silver, Yellow, Orange and, Purple) the new look iMac is radical.
A thin screen, best described as a giant iPad, sits on a simple stand, and features a large 24 inch display surrounded by a white Bezel the colour on the front is more toned down, while on the back it’s dark and vibrant.
New IMacs come with accessories that also feature the colour choice, with the Magic Keyboard and Mouse surrounded by hints of colours, while the Keyboard is available with Apple’s fingerprint reading TouchID technology.
Apple iMacs featuring Apple M1 processor are coming soon, starting at $1899 in Australia.
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