Coronavirus vaccine should be mandatory in Australia: PM

first_imgThe country already has “no jab, no play” rules that mean kids have to receive vaccines for diseases including polio and tetanus to enroll in kindergarten or school.But debate still rages about whether those rules impinge on personal freedoms, and hardline anti-vaxers flood online forums with conspiracy theories and misinformation about the risks.The coronavirus pandemic — which has killed more than 400 Australians — has coincided with a sharp uptick in online misinformation, speculation and opposition to vaccines — something experts have dubbed an “infodemic”. No effective vaccine for coronavirus has yet been released, although Morrison said he was optimistic one could be developed by early next year, with manufacturing taking just a few months more.”As soon as we get the recipe we’ll be making it,” he said. Anticipating a backlash from vocal anti-vaccine activists, Morrison said the stakes were too high to allow the disease to continue unchecked.”We’re talking about a pandemic that has destroyed the global economy and taken the lives of hundreds of thousands all around the world,” he said, while stressing the government has not yet made a decision.The Australian government estimates that up to 95 percent of the population would need to be immune to the virus for it to be eradicated.”We need the most extensive and comprehensive response to this to get Australia back to normal,” Morrison said, after announcing the vaccine would be free to all Australians. Australia should make any coronavirus vaccine compulsory for its 25 million citizens bar medical exemptions, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Wednesday, wading into a heated ethical debate.After reaching a deal for the country to manufacture a “promising” vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, Morrison said getting the jab should be “as mandatory as you can possibly make it”.”There are always exemptions for any vaccine on medical grounds, but that should be the only basis,” he told radio station 3AW in Melbourne.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Mikel Arteta made special request to Arsenal board over Dani Ceballos loan

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 9 Oct 2020 6:49 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link14.9kShares Dani Ceballos has become a key part of Arsenal’s midfield under Mikel Arteta (Getty)Mikel Arteta played a key role in convincing Arsenal’s hierarchy to re-sign Dani Ceballos on loan, according to reports in Spain.Ceballos spent last season on loan with the Gunners and played a key role in Mikel Arteta’s midfield once the campaign restarted after lockdown.The midfielder, who helped Arsenal win the FA Cup at the end of last term, returned to Real Madrid in the summer but quickly discovered that he was not part of Zinedine Zidane’s first-team plans once again.Arsenal were keen to re-sign Ceballos on a loan deal which included an option to buy, but Real Madrid were unwilling to agree to the Gunners’ proposal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAccording to Marca, Arteta was so concerned about potentially missing out on signing Ceballos that he intervened and convinced Arsenal’s hierarchy to agree to a loan deal on Madrid’s terms.Ceballos, meanwhile, revealed this week that he had already told Arteta before returning to Madrid that he was keen on extending his stay at Arsenal.‘People always say the first year is one of transition, but after the lockdown we saw the Dani Ceballos we all wanted, with the arrival of Mikel, we know the team improved,’ said Ceballos. Comment Dani Ceballos helped Arsenal win the FA Cup last season (AP)‘I found a position which isn’t usual for me, a bit more defensive. The Premier League takes you to the limit both physically and technically. I think I’ve improved a lot over the last six months.‘After the season I spoke to Jose Angel Sanchez [Madrid’s CEO] and I told him I’d spoken to Mikel about staying at Arsenal, they told me to wait for a month for the team come back and take a decision, but my idea was clear to return to my club where I’d ended well with the boss’s confidence.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘You look at what’s coming next summer, the Euros and Olympics, you need an important role in your team and after the lockdown I found the role I’d been looking for in recent years with Mikel.‘When a player is totally happy, personally and footballistically, you find the right position on and off the pitch. I decided to stay for another year.‘I was totally happy, and I could develop my game in a totally natural way.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Mikel Arteta made special request to Arsenal board over Dani Ceballos loan Advertisementlast_img read more