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The Informer: A spike in vaccine concerns and doing battle with banter

There have been reports elderly patients dying after receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Picture: Shutterstock
There have been reports elderly patients dying after receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Picture: Shutterstock

There has been a spike in concerns surrounding the coronavirus vaccine.

Health Minister Greg Hunt said he was seeking urgent advice from Australia's medicines regulator following reports in Norway of elderly patients dying after receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

"We have immediately sought and I have been in contact with the Australian medical regulator, the TGA, this morning, and requested that they seek additional information," Mr Hunt said on Sunday morning.

The country's chief medical officer, Paul Kelly, moved to ease concerns and shore up confidence.

"The choice is not whether one is better than the other, it's which one is available to give the maximum rollout of vaccine to save lives and to protect lives this year," Paul Kelly said.

Has there ever been a more epic and engrossing sporting battle than elite athletes taking on the hot mic?

Howzat, you might ask. Look no further than the recent headlines.

It's a long and ongoing duel, but undoubtedly the hot mic has the upper hand at the moment after finding some blistering form this week.

US golfer Justin Thomas got taken a peg after he was heard muttering a homophobic slur after missing a putt in the third round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

One of the golfer's sponsors, Ralph Lauren, wasn't happy to wear it and stripped Thomas of his endorsement.

Closer to home, Australia's cricket captain Tim Paine, who was supposed to usher in an era of more civil onfield repartee, was left red-faced when he was busted slinging some schoolyard insults at India's Ravi Ashwin on the SCG.

But the worst of it was coming from the otherside of the fence in the Sydney, with some suggestions the crowd's worst was also showing in Brisbane.

The athlete-hot mic relationship might be fraught in a lot of instances, but they've occasionally teamed up to create a hero.

This week Australia, particularly regional NSW, stood up and gave a nod to one its own, letting out a collective "nice, Garry".

Young-product Nathan "Garry" Lyon joined an elite club this week donning the baggy green for his 100th Test; a feat only accomplished by 12 other Australians.

A mainstay in the Test side for the best part of a decade, Lyon's cricketing exploits really cemented their spot in the collective consciousness four year ago.

Blame batsman Matthew Wade in his former life as a menacing wicketkeeper who gave hot stump microphones nationwide a verbal thrashing encouraging his off-spinner's efforts with an constant "nice, Garry".

Won't there be an almighty rendition when Lyon reaches the 400-wicket milestone. Hopefully it comes in this Test.

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