Miley Cyrus To Grace This Year’s Super Bowl Highlights

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Grammy award-winning Miley Cyrus recently announced she will be making an appearance for this year’s Super Bowl.

The singer has been very busy with promoting her newly released album ‘Plastic Hearts’, now she is in for another major event one of the most anticipated events annually as she will be performing at the Super Bowl’s first-ever TikTok Tailgate on February 7.

She took to her social media channels and announced “I’ll be there for TIKTOK TAILGATE!!! I can’t wait to put on a show for the NFL’s honoured guests before the game…. Health care workers from Tampa and around the country! Join the tailgate at 2:30 PM ET FEBRUARY 7 on @TikTok & @cbstv.”

Just earlier in the week when it was revealed the NFL would have 22,000 attend the game. More than 7,500 health care workers have been granted free admission.

Many other artists are getting involved in the Superbowl this year. Jazmine Sullivan and Eric Church will be performing the National Anthem, and H.E.R. is slated to sing ‘America the Beautiful.’ And, the highlight, the highly coveted half time show will be graced by The Weeknd.

Upon the announcement of his performance for the half-time show, The Weeknd “We all grow up watching the world’s biggest acts playing the Super Bowl and one can only dream of being in that position. I’m humbled, honoured and ecstatic to be the centre of that infamous stage this year.”

Meanwhile, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, when asked about the upcoming event, he said “These dedicated health care workers continue to put their own lives at risk to serve others, and we owe them our ongoing gratitude. We hope in a small way that this initiative will inspire our country and recognize these true American heroes. This is also an opportunity to promote the importance of vaccination and appropriate health practices, including wearing masks in public settings.”

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Aviation sector workers be vaccinated on priority after health workers: MoCA to MoHFW


New Delhi: Frontline workers in the aviation sector should be considered for COVID-19 vaccination on priority basis after health workers have been given the jabs, the civil aviation ministry has told the Union health ministry.

As per the guidelines issued by the health ministry on December 28 last year, initially around 30 crore Indians will be vaccinated, including around three crore healthcare and frontline workers, and approximately 27 crore people of over the age of 50 years.

 

The frontline workers mentioned in the December 28 guidelines does not include aviation sector employees but personnel from the armed forces, prison staff, municipal workers, among others.

In a letter dated January 20, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), Pradeep Singh Kharola told his counterpart in the health ministry Rajesh Bhushan: “You will agree with me that the crew, engineers, technicians, ground staff, frontline workers in aviation have certain risk elements while performing their duties in a most diligent manner and make air transportation a safe mode of transport.”

 

Recently, airlines and airports had approached MoCA and highlighted the need to vaccinate their staff on priority basis, albeit once the medical personnel are covered, Kharola mentioned in the letter, which has been accessed by PTI.

“Considering that the frontline workers of airlines and airports are also involved in movement of vaccines, this MoCA recognizes the merit in the proposal and requests the MoHFW (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare) to include frontline workers of airlines and airports along with frontline workers mentioned in the operational guidelines released on December 28, 2020,” he added.

 

If the request is considered favourably, MoCA would coordinate for enumeration of these personnel to be covered under the vaccination programme, Kharola noted.

He said airlines and airports have been in forefront in extending their services to passengers and movement of cargo within the country and across the borders.

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Peter Gutwein says the deal won’t impact seasonal workers in Tasmania

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Seasonal workers from the Pacific Islands will be allowed into Victoria under special quarantine arrangements after a deal was struck with Tasmania.

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Kenya taps Sh1.3bn US fund for workers’ rights ahead of new trade deal


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  • Kenya is set to benefit from a Sh1.29 billion US government fund meant to improve compliance with international labour standards in key export sectors ahead of a new trade deal with Washington.
  • The US Department’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) said Kenya is among three African countries picked for the grant alongside the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and one other unnamed nation.
  • The move comes as Kenya stepped up talks for a new trade deal with Washington before the expiry of the Africa Growth Opportunity Act (Agoa).

Kenya is set to benefit from a Sh1.29 billion US government fund meant to improve compliance with international labour standards in key export sectors ahead of a new trade deal with Washington.

The US Department’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) said Kenya is among three African countries picked for the grant alongside the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and one other unnamed nation.

“Made available through the Department’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), the grant of $11.7 million (Sh1.29 billion) will support efforts to improve compliance with relevant international labour standards and acceptable conditions of work, with an emphasis on promoting occupational safety and health in one or more export-oriented economic sectors, such as the mining and quarrying sector,” the Department said in an update.

“ILAB’s mission is to promote a fair global playing field for workers and businesses in the United States and around the world by enforcing trade commitments, strengthening labour standards and combating international child labour, forced labour and human trafficking.”

The move comes as Kenya stepped up talks for a new trade deal with Washington before the expiry of the Africa Growth Opportunity Act (Agoa), which allows sub-Saharan African countries to export thousands of products to the US without tariffs or quotas until 2025.

“We appreciate what has been achieved through Agoa, but it is time we moved to much closer trade arrangements that are mutually beneficial. We will not lose focus on concluding the FTA,” President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Tuesday when he bid farewell to outgoing US Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter at State House, Nairobi.

Agoa grants 40 African States quota and duty-free access to the US market of more than 6,000 product lines. Statistics showed that the two-way goods trade between these nations totalled Sh106 billion in 2019, up 4.9 per cent from 2018.

The grant by ILAB comes as boost for the two nations eyeing enhanced trade between themselves but in an environment where there is more focus on compliance with global human rights and labour standards.

Employee welfare is a sensitive matter in the US, with businesses required to ensure their operations and dealings both at home and abroad complied with international labour standards. The US foreign policy, for example, typically portrays forced labour as a violation of international human rights standards that must be stamped out.

All new-generation free-trade agreements (FTAs) around the world include a sustainable-development clause between the parties promoting, among other things, a set of labour standards as well as conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

For instance, most of the United States’ and European Union’s FTAs contain provisions to protect the right to collective bargaining and freedom of association and forbid discrimination at the place of work.

A recent report by ILAB raised a concern over child labour in Kenya—an indication that the matter would get prominence in the employee welfare grant.

“Children in Kenya engage in the worst forms of child labour, including in domestic service and commercial sexual exploitation, each sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Children also engage in child labuor in agriculture,” the bureau said, pointing out that Kenya has yet to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography.

Kenyans last October witnessed the significance of human rights practices in international trade when multiple European supermarket chains suspended supply orders from the Murang’a-based agricultural firm Kakuzi, citing human rights abuse claims.

The fallout from the human rights abuse claims against Kakuzi saw the withdrawal of supply contracts by UK’s Sainsbury’s, Germany’s discount grocer Lidl and Britain’s largest supermarket Tesco.

The Nairobi Securities Exchange-listed Kakuzi has been sued in the UK over alleged human rights abuses on its Kenyan plantations—placing it at risk of fines and compensation to the victims if found guilty.

Through its Kent-based parent Camellia Plc, the company has been sued over allegations of assault and sexual misconduct allegedly conducted by employees. The UK-listed company Camellia owns 50.7 per cent of Kakuzi.

Law firm Leigh Day said that 79 Kenyans had filed a legal claim in the High Court in London against Camellia for alleged human rights abuses by security guards employed by Kakuzi, its Kenyan subsidiary.

Camellia employs 78,000 people worldwide and says it is the largest avocado producer in Kenya, which according to the International Trade Centre is Africa’s biggest avocado exporter.

The accusations, dating from 2009 to January this year, include rapes, attacks on local villagers and a man being beaten to death, Leigh Day said.

Kakuzi has, however, rejected the claims made by Leigh Day, saying it did not “condone any criminal activities or behaviour by any of its employees”.

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Latest Restriction Eases In Victoria Announced Following 8-Straight Days

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Victorian Government recently announced that mask rules will be eased and gave a green light that workers will be able to return to the office at a greater capacity.

The restriction ease has surfaced after the state had recorded eight straight days of no new locally acquired COVID-19 cases.

This was confirmed by Premier Daniel Andrews as he announced the ‘pause’ on the state’s return to work schedule was lifted, along with the plan prior to the Black Rock outbreak given the green light to go ahead.

This means numerous private businesses and its staff can return to operation with 50 per cent capacity. On the other hand, the public sector will be able to return to 25 per cent.

As per the Premier “It’s a positive step forward. I think pausing for the week was the right choice to make given there was some uncertainty, but now eight days of zero means we can make that announcement.”

In addition to the ease, mask-wearing will revert back to the earlier Christmas mandates, in which they are only compulsory in high-risk settings indoors such as supermarkets, shopping centres, hospitals, domestic flights, Ubers/taxis and public transport.

“We know masks have been a very important insurance policy. That extra level of protection against transmitting this virus.” Mr Andrews added.

As per record, more than 16,000 test results were received in the past 24 hours and the number of active COVID-19 cases has dropped to 29. The triple zero figures come as the state has issued fresh isolations rules for travellers who have returned from a Brisbane quarantine hotel.

Currently, there are six cases of coronavirus in Queensland that have been found to be the highly contagious UK strain of the virus, which all have been linked to the Grand Chancellor Hotel.

The Premier confirmed 18 people in Victoria were quarantining in the Brisbane hotel during the outbreak period of concern.

“We are contacting them, we are testing them. Some will need to isolate. Some will simply need to get a negative test. There’s not one blanket answer. It depends on when they were in hotel quarantine.”

Thus, Victorian health authorities have urged anyone who was a resident or worked at the hotel at any time on or after December 30 to self-isolate and urgently call Queensland Health on 134 COVID.

About 3 lakh healthcare workers to get Covid-19 vaccine shots on January 16


New Delhi: Around 3 lakh healthcare workers will be inoculated at 2,934 sites across the country on the first day of the massive nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive which is set to begin from January 16, official sources said.

Each vaccination session will cater to a maximum of 100 beneficiaries and the Union Health Ministry has advised states not to organise “unreasonable numbers of vaccination per site per day”.

 

“States have been advised to organise vaccination sessions taking into account 10 per cent reserve/wastage doses and an average of 100 vaccinations per session each day.

“Therefore, any undue haste on the part of states to organize unreasonable numbers of vaccination per site per day is not advised,” the ministry said on Wednesday.

It also said that states and UTs have also been advised to increase the number of vaccination session sites that would be operational every day in a progressive manner as the vaccination process stabilizes and moves forward.

 

“Around 3 lakh frontline healthcare workers will be inoculated at 2,934 sites across the country on the first day of January 16,” a source said.

The government on Tuesday hinted that vaccine recipients, for now, will not have the option to choose from the two vaccines — Oxford COVID-19 vaccine, Covishield, manufactured by Serum Institute of India (SII) and indigenously developed Covaxin of Bharat Biotech — that have been approved for restricted emergency use in India.

According to the Health Ministry getting vaccinated for COVID-19 will be voluntary.

 

In a response to a question, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan at a press conference on Tuesday said, “At many places in the world more than one vaccine are being administered. But, presently, in no country vaccine recipients have the option of choosing the shots.”

According to the government, the shots will be offered first to an estimated one crore healthcare workers, and around two crore frontline workers, and then to persons above 50 years of age, followed by persons younger than 50 years of age with associated comorbidities.

 

The cost of vaccination of healthcare and frontline workers will be borne by the central government, officials had said.

All 1.65 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines — 1.1 crore of Covishield and 55 lakh of Covaxin — procured by the Centre have been allocated to all states and UTs in proportion to their healthcare workers database, it said.

According to official sources, most of the 1.1 crore Covishield doses from Pune-based SII have been shipped to 60 consignee points across India from where they will be sent to smaller centres.

Of the 55 lakh doses of indigenously developed Covaxin of Bharat Biotech ordered by the Centre, the first tranche of 2.4 lakh doses has been dispatched to 12 states.

 

Covaxin has been sent to 12 sites — one each in Ganavaram, Guwahati, Patna, Delhi, Kurukshetra, Bengaluru, Pune, Bhubaneswar, Jaipur, Chennai, Lucknow and Hyderabad, an official source said.

Covaxin has been developed by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

Health Ministry officials said that there will be a gap of 28 days between two doses of COVID-19 vaccines and its effectiveness can be seen only after 14 days, and urged people to keep following COVID appropriate behaviour.

The ministry which has listed series of frequently asked questions (FAQs) on COVID-19 vaccine also stated that it was advisable to receive a complete schedule of the anti-coronavirus vaccine irrespective of past history of coronavirus infection as this will help in developing a strong immune response against the disease.

 

On whether a person with an active COVID-19 infection be vaccinated, AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria said a person with active and symptomatic COVID-19 infection may increase the risk of spreading the same to others at the vaccination site and thus infected individuals should defer vaccination for at least 14 days after the symptoms are resolved.

Elaborating on the possible side-effects of COVID-19 vaccine, Guleria said that as is true for other vaccines, some will have some degree of side effects in some individuals which could be in form of mild fever, pain at the site of injection, body ache, etc.

 

States have been asked to making arrangements to deal with any COVID-19 vaccine-related side effects as one of the measures towards safe vaccine delivery.

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Pune gets 1.13 lakh vaccine doses, 8 hospitals in district to vaccinate healthcare workers


Of the 9.63 lakh Covishield vaccine doses for Maharashtra, a total of 11,240 vaccine doses have been set aside for the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS). A total of 7,930 vaccine doses have been allocated for AFMS in Pune while 1,610 have been set aside for Mumbai. Another 15,130 vaccine doses will be set aside for central government healthcare workers and the remaining for state healthcare workers, according to state authorities.

The highest number of vaccine doses have been sent to Mumbai (1,39,500), followed by Pune (1,13,000), Thane (74,000), Nagpur (42,000) Ahmednagar (39,000), Kolhapur (37,500) and Aurangabad (34,000).

A meeting on this issue was held on Wednesday and the allocation of vaccine doses will be made as per the central government’s protocol, said Pune District Collector Dr Rajesh Deshmukh. Accordingly, Pune district has received a total of 1.13 lakh vaccine doses.

Dr Amit Shah, PMC’s immunisation officer, said the civic body has received 48,000 vaccine doses, which have been kept at its vaccine store centre at Narayan Peth. Instead of the 16 vaccination centres identified to inoculate healthcare workers in the first phase, the civic body has now identified eight hospitals, including Sassoon General Hospital, Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, Ruby Hall Clinic, Noble Hospital and Bharati Hospital, and the civic body-run Kamala Nehru Hospital, Rajiv Gandhi Hospital and Sutar Hospital.

Private hospitals authorities said they expected the vaccine doses to be sent either by January 15 or on the day of the vaccination, January 16.

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New wave of COVID-19 infections in Thailand shines spotlight on employment situation of foreign workers


BANGKOK: Pyi Some Aung has worked at the Central Shrimp Market in Samut Sakhon for 13 years. For the first time since he moved to Thailand from Myanmar, he is barred from leaving the premises.

His workplace became a major cluster of COVID-19 last month. The outbreak at the market has resulted in more than 3,000 infections so far, prompting authorities to close off the area and nearby apartments resided by thousands of foreign workers, mostly from Myanmar.

“The lockdown began on Dec 19. As soon as the announcement was made, military officers came here to bar every entrance and exit, stopping people from wandering outside. We can leave our rooms for a walk and live normally, but we’re not allowed to leave the market area,” said Pyi Some Aung. 

“I haven’t been able to work yet.”

People stand in lines to get COVID-19 tests in Samut Sakhon, South of Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. Thailand reported more than 500 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, the highest daily tally in a country that had largely brought the pandemic under control. (AP Photo/Jerry Harmer)

Mass transmission of COVID-19 in Samut Sakhon marked a new wave of infections in Thailand. A number of businesses have been affected by the outbreak and so have thousands of foreign workers, including Pyi Some Aung, who has lost his main income for weeks. 

As COVID-19 continues to jeopardise business operators in Samut Sakhon, rights groups are concerned a number of migrants, particularly those who are not legally registered, could become jobless and be pressured to seek work elsewhere.

“Samut Sakhon took in workers when other areas in the country were on lockdown previously,” said Adisorn Kerdmongkol from Migrant Working Group – a coalition of local NGOs advocating labour rights and welfare.

“A number of migrants here are working illegally and living secretly. They have no health security. So, we’re worried the situation could reverse. With factories closed, migrants would return to the same condition, which is jobless. They’d have to work elsewhere and that could be out of control. If that happens, we could face a big problem,” he added.

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People stand in lines to get COVID-19 tests in Samut Sakhon, South of Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Dec 20, 2020. (Photo: AP Photo/Jerry Harmer)

Last year, Thailand reported zero cases locally for several months. But the situation turned upside down after a 67-year-old Thai vendor at the Central Shrimp Market tested positive for the disease on Dec 17 despite no overseas travel records.

The Disease Control Department has so far reported more than 3,200 cases of COVID-19 in 44 provinces with links to the outbreak in Samut Sakhon. Its deputy director Thanarak Phaliphat said the employment situation of migrant workers is a cause for concern.

“If you ask whether we’re worried, I have to say we are. But in terms of what we can do, this is the responsibility of other governmental units. At the same time, it’s also the responsibility of the private sector, which has to understand and develop a policy of not employing these migrating workers,” he told CNA.

KEEPING MIGRANT WORKERS EMPLOYED COULD LIMIT COVID-19 TRANSMISSION: NGO

Samut Sakhon is a coastal province southwest of Bangkok. It is a hub of Thailand’s seafood industry and home to a large number of factories and foreign workers.

Based on data from the Department of Employment, some 240,000 migrants are employed in the province. However, according to Adisorn, an estimated 200,000 others are believed to be working there illegally and some have already lost their jobs as a result of the recent outbreak.

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A healthcare worker takes a nasal swab sample of a child for a COVID-19 test at a migrant community, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Samut Sakhon province, in Thailand, December 20, 2020. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

The temporary closure of the Central Shrimp Market means several businesses cannot operate. At the same time, Adisorn said, fear of inspection and arrest by the authorities have led some employers to lay off illegal foreign workers.

Pyi Some Aung said some migrants are worried about losing their jobs once the market reopens.

“Because the market isn’t open yet, nobody knows if they still have their jobs,” he told CNA. 

Some are concerned they may not get their jobs back, their employers may not hire them again, or they wouldn’t be able to send money home because they aren’t working.

To prevent mass labour movements and limit the risk of transmission, Adisorn from Migrant Working Group said the Thai government needs to keep as many migrants employed as possible.

“We have to find out how to delay unemployment as much as possible. In case it has to happen, there should be some financial compensation to enable t hem to stay on and look for jobs in the province without having to go move elsewhere,” Adisorn told CNA.

“Eventually, when they really can’t stay there anymore and have to move, their movement should be directed by the Ministry of Labour, which could find them new employers in other areas while ensuring safe movement.” 

On Dec 29, the cabinet granted a special approval for foreign workers from Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar to continue residing and working legally in Thailand until Feb 13, 2023 amid the spread of COVID-19. The proposal was put forth by the Ministry of Labour as part of the government’s efforts to control local transmission.

The target groups include Cambodian, Laotian and Myanmar nationals whose work permits have expired, undocumented foreign workers and their children aged no more than 18.

MASS TESTING KEY TO OVERALL EFFORT

Since the outbreak in Samut Sakhon, Thai health officials said they have drawn on Singapore’s experience to control the transmission, with some adjustments to suit the local context. Infected patients are separated from the Central Shrimp Market for treatment at field hospitals, as proactive testing continues in foreign communities.

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People queue to get tested for COVID-19 at a seafood market in Samut Sakhon on Dec 19, 2020. (Photo: AFP/Jack Taylor)  

According to Thanarak, those who are confined in the market area and nearby apartments are patients who have recovered and residents testing negative for COVID-19 who continue to be monitored.

“There is no other way than to carry out tests in the Myanmar communities as much as possible and to do it faster than before, and this will need to continue for a while,” he said.

“However, it may be difficult to test every migrant worker because there are so many of them,” he added. “So, the strategy is to carry out tests and separate the patients in order to stop the transmission. It’s likely a lot of tests will be carried out almost weekly for an unknown period of time.”

On Tuesday (Jan 12), Thailand reported 287 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total case number to 10,834. So far, 6,732 patients have recovered and 67 have died.

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New York expands vaccinations to elderly, essential workers – Long Island Business News


Faced with mounting criticism over the slow pace of the coronavirus vaccine rollout, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that, starting next week, New York would allow a much wider swath of the public to get inoculated, including anyone age 75 or older.

The governor warned that, initially, the supply of vaccines available to people other than health care workers and nursing home patients would be very limited.

Cuomo said a beefed up statewide distribution network will include pharmacies, doctors’ networks and county health departments. The 3.2 million New Yorkers newly eligible for the vaccine includes teachers, first responders and public safety workers.

“Caution, caution, caution, because the supply is a major problem,” Cuomo said at his regular briefing. “You’ll wind up having 3,000 distribution points in a couple of weeks, but none of them will have nearly enough vaccine.”

The announcement came as many local officials argued it was time to distribute the vaccine beyond health care workers. Mayor Bill de Blasio criticized the state government Friday for keeping New York City from immediately vaccinating people older than 75 against the coronavirus, saying the city had 270,000 doses that could be quickly administered.

“The state of New York will not allow us to vaccinate them. This is really dangerous if we can’t vaccinate the people who are most in danger. We’re going to lose lives we did not need to lose. Let’s change that now,” de Blasio said at his regular briefing.

Cuomo had been insisting on focusing on the state’s front-line health care workers as cases and hospitalizations surge this winter.



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Botox boom as Zoom gets workers reflecting on appearance | The Canberra Times


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Plastic surgeons in Canberra have reported an increased demand for cosmetic procedures in the latter part of 2020, with Zoom cited as a common reason for going under the needle. Maria Comyns’ CBD business saw an increase in first-time clients, while Esteem Cosmetic Studio saw a 60 per cent increase in bookings year-on-year. Cosmos Clinic in Deakin reported doing close to a year’s work since reopening post-COVID-19, with the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons confirming seeing ourselves on screen during online meetings had led to an increase in facial procedures both here and overseas. Botox and dermal fillers saw the biggest surge, with women in particular tired of seeing the same tired face staring back while working from home. While not new procedures, both Botox and filler have become increasingly common since social media influences began spruiking the pouted-lip and high cheekbone aesthetic. Laser Clinics Australia Medical Director Dr Jonathan Hopkirk said the now 23 year-old Kylie Jenner drove the lip obsession trend, while 2020, where Zoom calls were the norm, drove an increase in injectables. Catherine, who asked not to use her last name, was also 23 when she had her first cosmetic procedure, hoping it would alleviate her appearance hangups. Undergoing injections almost biannually for four years now, the pharmacy student had spent between $5000 and $10,000 on Botox and filler “pretty much everywhere” on her face At 27, Catherine has had Botox in her forehead, jawline, eyebrows and upper lip, as well as filler in her temples, upper eyes, nose, chin, cheekbones and jawline, as well as a chemical designed to dissolve fat injected into parts of her cheeks. “It’s one of those things that kind of snowballs,” she said. Of her 10 closest friends, Catherine said probably eight of them have had some work done. She said studies suggesting people were more likely to get work done once they knew someone else who had was true to her experience. Catherine said while celebrities had been getting these procedures done forever, the public perception once was that they were the beautiful people whose look was unattainable, because they denied it. “Since Kylie Jenner went public about her lip filler there’s just been this avalanche of people doing it,” Catherine said. Although reliable data on how many Australians were using fillers doesn’t exist, because the industry isn’t regulated that way, the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australia estimated Australians spend about $1 billion a year on around 500,000 cosmetic procedures – more per capita than in the United States. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, serious complications from Botox were exceedingly rare, although they did occur. However, vascular compromise and necrosis has become a well-documented risk with other injectables, such as fillers, particularly since the rise of administration by unqualified practitioners. Cosmo Clinic’s Dr Chris Lee said when someone asked him why his Botox or fillers were more expensive, he answered “I come with the filler”. “It’s like buying a car,” Dr Lee said. “You may buy a Toyota YARIS or a BMW X5 – they both get you from A to Z but it’s the quality, safety, equipment and reliability that you pay for.” Dr Lee said not only did he see more first-time clients than expected at Deakin this year, his repeat clientele also got more done than usual. “It’s almost like people are fearful that there’ll be another shutdown so they want to get in as much as they can,” he said. “I think during the COVID period people have had more time to go onto social media, they’ve had time to look at themselves, they’ve had time to actually figure out what is available out there. When things were lifted they found it was actually quite easy to access those treatments available and as a result pretty much the whole industry has seen an increase due to that awareness.” Dr Lee said it was not uncommon to see clients anywhere between the ages of 18 and 80. While teenagers sometimes requested treatment, the medical board of Australia had instituted safeguards which included increased waiting periods, guardian consent and psychological assessments for people underage. “I generally try not to treat patients under the age of 18 but there are exceptional circumstances when the treatment is not cosmetic, it’s actually for medical reasons,” Dr Lee said. He said the big lip trend had started to die off and people seeking a more natural look were asking for less filler the second time around. “It’s my job as a doctor to ascertain what they want and what they’re trying to treat and to figure out if that treatment is appropriate,” Dr Lee said. “At the end of the day I will only treat people for what they need so that they still look natural.”

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