Australia news live: Albanese gets Covid vaccination; government under pressure over handling of Higgins' claim

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11.22pm GMT

AAP has taken a look at Australian consumer confidence in the wake of the vaccine roll out:

Australians are hardly punching the air that the coronavirus vaccine has arrived to lead the country out of the dark days of 2020.

New confidence figures suggest consumers have also ignored the latest upbeat jobs numbers and a string of results that point to a strengthening in the economic recovery from last year’s recession.

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The United States has recorded half a million covid deaths.

Those are the official numbers. They don’t take into consideration people who have died at home, without a diagnosis.

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