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Coronacast is a podcast that answers your questions about coronavirus. We break down the latest news and research to help you understand how the world is living through a pandemic.

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Coronacast is a podcast that answers your questions about coronavirus. We break down the latest news and research to help you understand how the world is living through a pandemic.

    What makes a variant a variant of concern?

    What makes a variant a variant of concern?

    It seems we can't go a day without some new coronavirus variant popping up somewhere in the world.

    There's the so-called UK variant, the Brazil variant, the Californian variant and now the Russian variant.

    And to make it even more confusing, the name of the variant doesn't necessarily mean that's where the variant actually came from.

    So on today's Coronacast, what are the variants? What is with their names and why are some concerning and others a bit boring?

    Also on today's show:

    * What is the likelihood of simultaneous infection of two different variants of COVID-19?

    * Can you suggest or recommend any strategies for those who suffer from needle phobia but would still like to get vaccinated?

    * A clarification on our use of the word "average"

    And it's time for some more Quick Fire Friday!

    • 10 min
    Is there any point in a vaccine passport?

    Is there any point in a vaccine passport?

    With the passing of another day, more Australians have been vaccinated against COVID.

    But as more and more of us get either the Pfizer vaccine or the Astra vaccine, proving it may become important as we take steps to reopen borders and the economy.

    One strategy that's been tried overseas in countries like Israel are what's known as vaccine passports - the idea being that to get into a movie or a gym, you need to prove you've been fully vaccinated.

    But on today's Coronacast, that raises both ethical and practical concerns.

    Also on today's show:

    * Can you have the injection in the bum, instead of the arm?

    * NSW to vaccinate border workers and families

    • 8 min
    Are we going to meet our vaccination target or what?

    Are we going to meet our vaccination target or what?

    The first week of coronavirus vaccinations has now rolled out across Australia, and the data show that already we've missed our goals.

    According to analysis by the ABC, the country has fallen short of its target, delivering half the expected number of shots.

    Health Minister Greg Hunt says the Federal Government remains committed to meeting the end of October target.

    So on today's Coronacast, what have been some of the early hold ups and are they anything to worry about?

    Also on today's show:

    * I work in hotel quarantine and actively trying to get pregnant. Should I get the vaccine?

    * Can we get an update on the Johnson and Johnson vaccine? Is it coming to Australia?

    * Why do you keep talking about the next pandemic?

    • 10 min
    On the front lines of Victoria's vaccine rollout

    On the front lines of Victoria's vaccine rollout

    With limited amounts of coronavirus vaccines available, health care organisations are taking extreme steps to ensure not a drop is wasted.

    Rollout plans that would normally take many months to develop have been done in mere weeks to ensure essential workers at the nation's borders are as protected as possible.

    On today's Coronacast, how is the rollout going on the front line of the vaccine rollout? And how are organisations handling training to make sure the correct doses are given?

    Also on the show:

    * Why does Dr Swan keep talking down the Astra vaccine when it is just as effective against serious illness and death as the Pfizer vaccine

    • 11 min
    Is Astra the wrong vaccine for border workers?

    Is Astra the wrong vaccine for border workers?

    The AstraZeneca vaccine has arrived in Australia, and the Federal Government says it will start rolling out to people in the priority phase 1a group within the next few weeks.

    But the evidence suggests it's not as effective as the Pfizer shot at protecting people against new variants and preventing transmission.

    Australia's main risk from another coronavirus outbreak is a hotel quarantine leak, so is the Astra vaccine the right shot for people working on our borders?

    On today's Coronacast, a look at Australia's vaccine strategy.

    Also:

    Auckland goes into a week long lockdown, but this time New Zealand is facing something it hasn't had to worry about before.

    • 10 min
    Will vaccines make a difference responding to the next outbreak?

    Will vaccines make a difference responding to the next outbreak?

    At the moment life has returned to a COVID-normal in Australia with state borders gradually reopening after the outbreak in Melbourne.

    It comes as vaccines continue to rollout across the country, and a small but regular supply of the Pfizer shot arrives.

    So now we have access to a vaccine, how will that change how we respond to any outbreak that happens from now on?

    On today's Coronacast, will it be business as usual - ie lockdowns and restrictions - or could a new strategy be introduced?

    Also on today's show:

    * How old is Norman again? He's so old. What vaccine does he qualify for?

    And it's Quick Fire Friday time, where we explain why doctors need immunisation training, what Pfizer is diluted with and why there are lots of doses in one vial.

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

Swiss dream ,

Comprehensive, succinct and relevant

This podcast is admirable for its easy access approach to real science and the scientific process.
It’s short episodes make for an ideal synopsis of the day-to-day progress of our global knowledge.

As a health professional resident in Singapore, with interests in the UK and AU, I find this approach refreshing and engaging. It far outweighs its comparators from other countries’ analyses

Elisker ,

Corona cast a must

We start our day by listening to this every morning during the week. Excellent coverage. Down to earth. Gods answers to our questions and excellent discussion of current research.

JayneAbi ,

Misinformation

In the most recent episode on Herd immunity. Swan says that M.E / C.F.S (Myalgic encephalomyelitis), which is a debilitating and complex multi-system chronic disease is psychosomatic. This is first, completely untrue and secondly, incredibly irresponsible as he is spreading false information. He said that the main symptom of M.E is fatigue when in fact, M.E sufferers deal with a multitude of symptoms. He argued that Long-Covid is much ‘more defined’ than M.E/C.F.S when there are clear diagnostic criteria for M.E/C.F.S. I am absolutely outraged that this was allowed to air. I would like an apology to be made to the M.E community and a statement at the beginning of the next episode correcting the false information that Swan shared. Perhaps sharing information based on biological research and not opinion would be better ...

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