Morning mail: vaccine hesitancy on the rise, India Covid crisis, Eau d’Office candles

Morning mail: vaccine hesitancy on the rise, India Covid crisis, Eau d’Office candles

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Tuesday: Essential Poll finds half of Australians over 50 unwilling to get AstraZeneca jab. Plus: Jeff Sparrow on Scott Morrison’s climate culture war

Good morning! As vaccine hesitancy increases in Australia, India is running out of vaccines as its Covid crisis deepens. There’s talk of a female-friendly budget in the works and some strange smelling candles hitting the market.

A rise in vaccine hesitancy is threatening to derail the federal government’s already troubled rollout, with less than half of people aged over 50 willing to get the AstraZeneca vaccine despite it being recommended by Australia’s health officials, according to the latest Guardian Essential poll. Despite the government’s attempts to reassure the public that the vaccination strategy remains safe after changed health advice for the AstraZeneca jab, one in six people can now be described as vaccine hesitant – the highest proportion since data on this measure was first recorded in August last year.

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