Dear Department of Health,
I would like to request the following documentation to be provided to me according to Freedom of information request under the 1982 Freedom of Information Act.
1. Documentation proving isolation of the SARS COV2 Delta strain which is confirmed
by means of a purified viral sample being imaged with an electron microscope.
2. Documentation where the isolated SARSCOV2 Delta virus sample mentioned in
point (1) is exposed to healthy humans or animals and shown to cause the disease
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST – NOTIFICATION OF RECEIPT AND REQUEST FOR AN EXTENSION OF TIME
I am writing to notify you that the Department of Health (department) received your request on 4 September 2021 for access to documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI Act) being:
1. Documentation proving isolation of the SARS COV2 Delta strain which is confirmed by means of a purified viral sample being imaged with an electron microscope.
2. Documentation where the isolated SARSCOV2 Delta virus sample mentioned in point (1) is exposed to healthy humans or animals and shown to cause the disease COVID-19.
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, along with 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.
Request for extension of time
As a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the department is dealing with a very high volume of FOI requests. To ensure the department can process your request in accordance with the requirements of the FOI Act, including locating and providing access to all relevant documents, the department would be grateful if you would agree to an extension of 30 calendar days for processing your request. If you agree, the department will endeavour to provide a decision to you by 3 November 2021.
Please contact the department by 8 September 2021 with your decision to the 30 day extension of processing time.
You can contact the FOI Unit via email at [email address], should you have any questions.
Team Leader - Freedom of Information
Legal Advice & Legislation Branch
Legal and Assurance Division | Corporate Operations Group
Australian Government Department of Health
GPO Box 9848, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia
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