Dear Department of Health,

In reference to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 I would like to please provide me with the documents/information held within the Department of Health showing evidence of the isolation of the SARS-Cov-2 virus.
To eliminate the possibility of contamination, these documents would need to show the virus has been isolated from the sample of a symptomatic patient of COVID 19, that hasn't been first combined with any other source of genetic material (not limited to but by way of example; mouse/monkey kidney cells/vero cells or liver cancer cells.)

As this information is of extreme public interest at this time, I request any fee for finding this information to be waived. I assume this request is held for future reference as part of the request process. I look forward to your reply at your earliest convenience

Yours faithfully,

Kevin Reutens

FOI, Department of Health

Dear Mr Reutens

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST - NOTIFICATION OF RECEIPT

I am writing to notify you that the Department of Health (department) received your request on 16 February 2022 for access to documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI Act) being:

The documents/information held within the Department of Health showing evidence of the isolation of the SARS-Cov-2 virus. To eliminate the possibility of contamination, these documents would need to show the virus has been isolated from the sample of a symptomatic patient of COVID 19, that hasn't been first combined with any other source of genetic material (not limited to but by way of example; mouse/monkey kidney cells/vero cells or liver cancer cells.)

The statutory timeframe for processing your request is 30 calendar days within which a decision on access to the requested documents is to be notified.

The department may impose a charge for the work involved in providing access to the documents. If this request attracts a charge you will be notified in writing.

Unless you advise otherwise, draft and duplicate documents and Commonwealth employee names and contact details below Senior Executive Service level and mobile telephone numbers of all staff will be excluded from the scope of your request under s22(1)(a)(ii) of the FOI Act.

You can contact the FOI Unit via email at [email address], should you have any questions.

Kind regards

FOI Officer
Freedom of Information Section

Legal & Assurance Division |  Corporate Operations Group
Legal Advice & Legislation Branch
Australian Government Department of Health
E: [Health request email] 
GPO Box 9848, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

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FOI, Department of Health

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Dear Mr Reutens,

 

Please find attached correspondence in relation to your Freedom of
Information request to the Department of Health.

 

Kind regards,

Ella

 

FOI Case Officer

 

 

Legal Advice & Legislation Branch

Legal & Assurance Division |  Corporate Operations Group

Australian Government Department of Health

T: 02 6289 1666  | E: [1][Health request email] 

GPO Box 9848, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

 

The Department of Health acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of
Australia and their continued connection to land, sea and community. We
pay our respects to all Elders past and present. 

 

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sender immediately.

 

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