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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.

    Is the path out of lockdowns a one-way street?

    Is the path out of lockdowns a one-way street?


    Victorians have hit their first big vaccine milestone of 70 percent first dose coverage, and have been given a slight reprieve in lockdown restrictions.

    Small outdoor gatherings, increased distances of travel for shopping or exercise and reopening of outdoor exercise equipment are some of the changes.

    But as Melbourne - and Sydney - take small steps to eventual reopening, what are the chances that they - or other parts of the country - will end up back in lockdown down the line?

    Also on today's show:

    * Do NSW data show that our vaccines might be better at preventing infection than we thought?

    * Peer reviewed data from Israel shows boosters work for the Pfizer vaccine

    * How long will it be until a person with COVID-19 does not need to isolate for 14 days?

    * Has any research been conducted to determine a difference in vaccine reactions between males and females?

    * My son is 15 months old and has never been sick. Is there any research about what COVID-19 might do with an almost completely new immune system?

    • 10 min
    Is the NSW curve bending or flattening?

    Is the NSW curve bending or flattening?

    NSW yesterday hit a new milestone for vaccination in Australia.

    More than 80 per cent of the state has now had their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and it's still rocketing along.

    While it's still several more weeks before the 70 per cent double vaccination targets are met, for everyone under lockdown it's a wonderful thing to see.

    Add to that the hope that the state could be starting to see that the curve in new cases is levelling off.

    Also on today's show:

    * Lockdowns see life get worse for many Australians

    * What are the chances of someone taking the COVID-19 virus to a gym or club, pub or restaurant if only the fully vaccinated are allowed in?

    • 9 min
    Why vaccinated people shouldn't have more freedoms (quite yet)

    Why vaccinated people shouldn't have more freedoms (quite yet)

    Fully vaccinated people in NSW are counting down the days until they can get some additional freedoms when the state reaches the 70 per cent vaccination rate.

    But some experts are warning that releasing the brake too quickly might see case numbers and then hospitalisations shoot up again

    So why could cases once again rise when 70 per cent of the eligible population is fully vaccinated?

    That's on today's Coronacast.

    Also on today's show:

    * Dr Swan said he would not go back to the gym at 70 per cent vaccination rates. Why not? As a fully vaccinated person isn't it safe?

    * Cases dropping in NSW? ACT goes another month for lockdowns and Victoria still struggling

    * Western Australians over 60 can get Pfizer jab now. Should we redirect the vaccine to NSW and/or Victoria?

    • 12 min
    Even with high vaccination, we might need more ...

    Even with high vaccination, we might need more ...

    We keep hearing that vaccination might not be enough to get us out of the grip of COVID - so what will be enough?

    Well, a new group of Australian experts has taken a stab at the types of interventions that may be required alongside vaccination if we are to successfully live with COVID-19.

    While high vaccination rates are part of it, it also includes measures like proper ventilation in buildings, vaccinating children when possible, masks and extra vaccine doses.

    So on today's Coronacast, how might we live with COVID-19 in 2022?

    Also on today's show:

    * What was the first year of COVID like in Australia for our health?

    * Updates on NSW and Victoria.

    • 10 min
    Moderna is coming! What is it again?

    Moderna is coming! What is it again?

    A new vaccine will be arriving next week in Australia, to help bolster vaccine rates and protect Australians from COVID-19.

    The Moderna vaccine, known by its brand name Spikevax or by its scientific name mRNA-1273, is the country's third vaccine to be administered to the public.

    The Federal Government yesterday announced additional supplies of Moderna, in addition to the ten million doses already coming later this year.

    So on today's Coronacast, who is Moderna? And what can we expect from this vaccine?

    Also on today's show:

    * Will Norman go back to the Gym at 70 per cent?

    * What do we know about the COVID-19 vaccine on pregnancy?

    • 10 min
    NSW's big (risky?) leap to reopening!

    NSW's big (risky?) leap to reopening!

    The NSW Government has released its plan on what will happen once the state passes the 70 per cent double-vaccination target.

    Changes for fully vaccinated people include abilities to visit more hospitality and retail venues, visit each other at home and head back into stadiums.

    But the 70 per cent double-vaccination target is only of eligible people, so works out to be roughly 56 per cent of the whole population.

    So on today's Coronacast, how risky is the plan?

    Also on today's show:

    * Vaccine passports! Coming to a place near you. How might they work and how reliable are they?

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
148 Ratings

148 Ratings

Aussie News Seeker ,

Well done Coronacast

We’re an expat Australian family who has tuned to Coronacast since it’s inception. Little did I realise that I’d still be tuning in daily in August 2021. This concise daily update is a great way of staying connected with what’s happening in Australia. I’m extremely fortunate to live in a covid free country (all be it a small one) and I wish this state for Australia soon. I dream of the day we can be reunited with our family back home. In the meantime, thank you Coronacast keep up the great work.

Richmondruss ,

First thing every morning

I live in New Hampshire (USA)
The farthest major cities in the world from my house are 17,000 miles away in Australia.
I have been following Covid news for past 18 months. Many podcasts here in the states have stopped. It is as if everyone in the US thinks Covid is gone. We know it isn’t. What happens in other parts of the world is very important. After all Covid is a pandemic not a localized epidemic.
Coronacast provides valuable information on what is happening every day on the other side of the world.

etc-1 ,

Brilliant all around

Greetings from Washington DC! I have been a devoted listener since episode 2 and haven’t missed a single one since. Bite sized yet informative delivered impeccably by a dynamic tandem-Dr Swan and Ms Taylor. Every episode brings a well rounded review of latest research, discoveries, policies, practices and strategies adopted by different countries around the world. This podcast is the gold standard in communication on public health.

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