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ASX to lift as vaccine rollout date brought forward

Jessica Yun
·2-min read
CREMONA, ITALY - JANUARY 06: A doctor shows a vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at Cremona Hospital on January 06, 2021 in Cremona, Italy. Pfizer's vaccine needs to be diluted and put into single syringes to be ready for injection. Every single vial can provide 6 doses of vaccine. (Photo by Marco Mantovani/Getty Images)
A vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at Cremona Hospital on January 06, 2021 in Cremona, Italy. (Photo by Marco Mantovani/Getty Images)

Good morning.

Here’s Yahoo Finance’s Wednesday morning wrap:

ASX: The Australian share market looks likely to start the day in the green after Wall Street stocks lifted as investors waited nervously for the results of the Georgia Senate runoff elections.

Wall Street: All three of US’ major bourses are up by more than 0.65 per cent. The Georgia Senate runoffs will determine whether Democrats or Republicans will have control over the chamber and the balance of power in US’ Congress. Yahoo Finance US Reporter Emily McCormick has live updates on the US stock market here.

The rollout of the vaccine in Australia will be brought forward by a couple of weeks.

"In the same way that [medical] advice has allowed us to bring forward the time from the first half of the year to late March, and now early March, we will be guided by the medical advice," Health Minister Greg Hunt said. Older Aussies in aged care homes will be first in line.

Certain Aussie workers should be vaccinated immediately. That’s the view of Tony Blakely, an epidemiology professor at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, who told ABC the health authorities should “immediately and urgently” consider vaccinating border workers to stop community transmission of the disease.

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Remember when China said it would allow a World Health Organisation team to investigate the origins of COVID-19? That hasn’t happened yet. In a rare critique, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the head of WHO, said he was “very disappointed” that China hadn’t finalised permissions for the team to enter the country, as some had already begun their journey. More here.

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Have a great day.

–with AAP

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