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One thing you should know – Israel has approved a fourth dose of COVID vaccine
It will be the first country in the world to do so as it prepares for a wave of infections driven by the Omicron variant.
- Nachman Ash, Director General of the Ministry of Health, announced the decision to offer a fourth dose to the most vulnerable late Thursday local time
- He says the decision is based on early research, and that officials will consider extending the fourth dose to more people
- Israel currently has more than 20,000 active patients, including 94 who are seriously ill
One thing you will hear about today – see you later, 2021
While not quite the “hot summer” many Australians had hoped for, there is no reason to completely abandon plans to call into the new year in style.
Whether you’re looking for fireworks or a more socially distant soiree, here’s below what’s happening on New Year’s Eve in Australia.
- Sydney: The festivities continue, but the tradition of camping out by the harbor to get a seat on the front row is off the cards
- Melbourne: Fireworks are being held across four private “Celebration Zones” in an effort to reduce crowds and keep track of all participants
- Brisbane: The city’s official festivities are back after a year break and will light up the river at 8.30pm and again at midnight
- Perth: Fireworks will go off in fewer places this year – the city center and parts of Fremantle, south of Perth, will light up around midnight
- Adelaide: Up to 5,000 people will gather in Rymill Park for this year’s “Light Up” New Year’s Eve, which will be held instead of the usual fireworks.
- Hobart: The celebrations will largely be around the waterfront for the annual Taste of Summer food and wine festival at Princes Wharf 1
- Canberra: The city will host two fireworks shows over Lake Burley Griffin to ring in 2022
- Darwin: The largest annual New Year’s Eve event in the area is held at Darwin Waterfront, starring Amy Shark and The Veronicas and two fireworks shows planned
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One more thing …
It is set to become one ruff day for the Westminster Kennel Club.
The iconic dog show has been postponed due to COVID-19 and organizers have not yet confirmed a new date.
The event was first held in 1877 and attracts thousands of competitors from across the United States.
And do you know what that means? This is just an excuse to show you all some dog videos.
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