Australia Covid live news update: Morrison says sorry for slow vaccine rollout; NSW records 124 new cases and Victoria 26


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8.19am BST

To help boost vaccination capacity, the allied health workforce in New South Wales is being given intensive training to give vaccinations, and will also help staff the special health hotels. In a statement to Guardian Australia, NSW Health confirmed to Guardian Australia.

“NSW Health is constantly expanding our workforce as we continue to safely deliver record numbers of vaccinations to people across NSW.

8.13am BST

Australia and New Zealand have withdrawn from the rugby league World Cup due to be held at the end of the year in England, citing player welfare and safety concerns, AAP reports.

In a joint statement on Thursday afternoon, the Australian Rugby League Commission and NZRL urged the tournament to be postponed until 2022 to avoid the risk of a player catching Covid-19.

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