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The Informer: First overdoses, now a safety breach

First overdoses, now a safety breach

Australia's week of all things COVID-19 ended as it began - with authorities a little bit embarrassed but happy enough with the nation's relatively tiny infection rates.

News of more than 120 doses of the Pfizer vaccine being thrown out because they were stored incorrectly at a Melbourne aged care home was certainly not an auspicious end to the week.

It prompted Prime Minister Scott Morrison to say: "I'm absolutely confident that as we go from day to day, the lessons of each day will only make the system better."

That translates as "mistakes are bearable as long as it's not the same one repeated". Which is good because so far we've had two entirely different mistakes - an untrained doctor overdosing two old souls in aged care and now this. How good are new mistakes?

People in more than 100 aged care facilities have been vaccinated this week, but many more have been delayed. The pause button has been hit in Wagga, Wollongong, Ballarat, Bendigo, the NSW Mid-North Coast for starters.

The state of Victoria, which endured the world's longest single COVID-19 lockdown, will return to its "summer settings" from midnight. Masks will be needed in some situations but limits on public and private gatherings are among the restrictions easing. You'll find them detailed here.

Western Australia is analysing its hotel quarantine ventilation after results of an interim investigation were revealed today while federal Finance Minister Simon Birmingham told everyone to keep calm about the prospect of international travel - in October.

Let's end the week with a wry grin at the very least. The Maitland Mercury can help.

Think of Fred Flintstone's catch-cry - you know it: YABBA-DABBA DOO. He slides down the back of the dinosaur at knock-off time, celebrating another day done.

You are your school's official "bell-setter". But gone are the days of bells, instead Fred Flintstone's cry echoes at every 3pm as the kids launch themselves off (invisible) dinosaurs' backs.

Now, imagine you confused your AMs and PMs. (Insert grimace emoji). Uh-huh.

In an uber-popular Facebook post the school in question wrote: "Our bell setter is joining a Year 2 class this morning to rediscover the difference between "a.m." and "p.m." This will probably not happen again. Hopefully. Sorry!"

Enjoy a weekend sleep-in if you're that lucky.

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