Women pose as grannies to get COVID-19 vaccine shot

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Kazuhiro Araki (L), head of the Tokyo Medical Center, is administered a COVID-19 vaccine at his hospital in Tokyo's Meguro Ward on February 17, 2021, receiving the first shot under Japan's vaccination program against the novel coronavirus.

She was all smiles as she received the injection, seated next to Morrison in a face mask emblazoned with the Australian flag.

"We're here making some very important points, that it's safe, that it's important and we need to start with those who are most vulnerable and on the front line", he concluded.

The country's vaccination drive began in the first week of February with the inoculations of frontline healthcare.

The first round of vaccinations will include 60 000 healthcare and other frontline workers.

A total 98,46,523 vaccine doses were given through 2,10,809 sessions, as per the provisional report till Thursday 6 pm.

"It is about confidence", Hunt told ABC's Insiders programme. "We did receive delivery this week and we have confirmation of [planned] delivery for the next two weeks. but looking at about 5,800 doses a week coming in", Gauthier said.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who also received his first dose on Sunday, was by her side as she received her jab to applause from the crowd.

"Anyone can do what I did", she continued.

The first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in Australia are being rolled out today.

The listing also is required for Johnson & Johnson to supply doses of its vaccine to what's called the COVAX Facility, a WHO-backed project to ensure equitable access to vaccines for about 190 low- and middle-income countries. However, the State says that will soon change.

There were multiple arrests at a protest in Melbourne, while simultaneous protests were held in all major cities and regional centres Cairns, Coffs Harbour and Albany.

Russian Federation on Saturday approved a third coronavirus vaccine for domestic use, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said on state TV, though large-scale clinical trials of the shot, labelled CoviVac and produced by the Chumakov Centre, have yet to begin.

The rally started peacefully but as speakers addressed the crowd "people started getting pretty fired up", the photographer said.

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