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Green light for Aussie-made COVID vaccine

The national medicine regulator has given a green light for the domestic production of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine, paving the way for Australian-made batches to be released within days.

No flooding reprieve as NSW rains continue

Thousands of residents are fleeing their homes, schools are shut, prison inmates are being evacuated and scores of people have been rescued as NSW is hit by once-in-a-generation flooding.

Flood-hit NSW: a snapshot of the damage

RAIN CONTINUES ACROSS FLOOD-HIT NSW:* Top rainfall figures (in the 24 hours to 9am on Sunday): Comboyne Public School (249mm), Stonequarry Creek at Picton (198mm), Koree Island (186mm), Oakdale (180mm), Palm Grove (177mm), Katoomba (168mm)* Almost 7000 SES call-outs since Thursday, 74 flood rescues* Evacuation orders for multiple towns near...

NSW cops most extreme rain in decades

Riverbanks have burst, dams are spilling over, roads are cut and residents are on alert for evacuation as NSW faces its worst rain event in almost three decades.

PNG orders restrictions as COVID climbs

Papua New Guinea will tighten internal border controls, restrict personal movement and enforce mask wearing in public from next week, as it confronts a steep rise in COVID-19 infections.

Ease up on fast vaccine rollout talk: GPs

Doctors say the federal government should have talked down expectations of a fast COVID-19 vaccine rollout, as they reassure patients they will get their jabs.