Top News Of The Day:
• Australia has prevented the use of AstraZeneca vaccine for people under 50 years of age. This means Australia will be using the Pfizer vaccine for those people who registration for vaccination has opened up for last week. Biotech CSL in contracted to locally produce 50 million AstraZeneca doses, with the ability to make a million doses a week.
• QANTAS CEO Alan Joyce on Thursday has revealed plans for voluntary redundancy for QANTAS international cabin crew and a two year freeze of wages for employees. Mr Joyce is pushing for the re-opening of international borders by the end of 2021 after the full vaccination of travelers.
• After a 11 day bloody battle, Isreali Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered a ceasefire, after his cabinet unanimously was in favour of a “mutual and unconditional” truce over the Gaza territory. US President Joe Biden has commended Netanyahu on this front, whilst Hamas has said the ceasefire will be mutual and simultaneous.
• The US has confirmed it does not plan to buy Greenland from Denmark after former president Donald Trump made an unsolicited offer for the country. Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State, shot down the proposal, which has stirred diplomatic tensions since 2019, when Mr. Trump and his economic advisors discussed the possibility of the purchase. Greenland is the world's largest island and an autonomous Danish territory, for which Trump had strategic plans.