Covid Australia live update: NSW to send mounted police into south-west Sydney to enforce lockdown as state records 38 new cases

By Nino Bucci (now) and Matilda Boseley (earlier)

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What we learned today, Thursday 8 July

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WA woman's death 'likely' linked to AstraZeneca vaccine, TGA says

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Scott Morrison has dismissed suggestions Australia could have vaccinated enough people by now to have avoided a lockdown to control Sydney’s Covid outbreak as “completely and utterly false”.

In his first press conference in almost a week, Morrison defended his government’s vaccination rollout, insisting it was only two months behind schedule.

The rollout has been thrown off course more than once by delays, changes in advice, supply issues and vaccine hesitancy, but Morrison said even at its most optimistic point, Australia’s rollout would not have prevented the Sydney situation.

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Two Northern Territory mine workers test positive

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Sex crimes detectives in New South Wales have submitted a brief of evidence to prosecutors over allegations made against the state MP Gareth Ward.

NSW police confirmed on Thursday that a brief had been submitted to the state’s director of public prosecutions following an investigation into alleged “sexual violence-related offences against a 39-year-old man”.

The allegations relate to two incidents – one in 2013 involving a man who was then aged 25 and a second in 2015 involving a teenage boy who was 17 at the time.

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Just on the extra vaccines for NSW, here is what the Queensland health minister says (through a spokesman – I asked if they had asked for any extra vaccines):

During Victoria’s outbreak, the Morrison government provided Victoria with an extra 100,000 vaccines.

When Queensland experienced community transmission, our request for additional Pfizer vaccine doses was denied by the Morrison Govt.

On Sunday, Queensland asked for a delivery of 42,120 doses of Pfizer to be brought forward. Disappointingly, we are yet to receive a response.

Today, the Morrison Govt has announced it will bring forward the delivery of 300,000 more vaccines to New South Wales.

But within minutes, the federal health department called Queensland and told them they would have their extra doses. This is possibly an interesting development ahead of national cabinet tomorrow, given Morrison said earlier today that additional agreements had been reached for Pfizer and AstraZeneca.

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Federal MP calls for end to greater Sydney lockdown

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NSW Health releases new venues of concern

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