Today’s headlines from the Hope News team
Australia’s Health Minister has welcomed news that a COVID-19 vaccine developed by American company Pfizer has been found to be 90 per cent effective in protecting against the virus.
The vaccine is in late-stage trials.
Australia is ordering 10 million doses.
In response to a potential coronavirus vaccine, stocks soared in the US, with Wall Street returning to record heights.
Struggling students reportedly will get access to free tutoring to help them catch-up after online learning during the coronavirus shut-down.
The Federal Government reportedly will extend the boosted JobSeeker unemployment payment for another three months.
The Australian reports it will be at a lower rate.
It was due to expire on December 31.
Denmark has dropped its plans to cull all of the country’s mink after fears that a COVID-19 mutation moving from the animals to humans could jeopardise future vaccines.
But there’s been huge opposition to the plan and questions raised over scientific evidence to support the move.
US President Donald Trump has fired his Defense Secretary Mark Esper.
Mr Trump split with Esper over a range of issues and was particularly angered by his opposition to the threat of using active military forces to suppress race protests.
Police are appealing for the public’s help to find a mobility scooter that was stolen from Ultimo last weekend.
An 82-year-old man has been left stranded after the scooter was taken from outside his Macarthur Street home last Sunday afternoon.
Former Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons has been named New South Wales Australian of the Year.
The oldest survivor of the Stolen Generation Aunty Isabel Reid has taken out Senior Australian of the Year.