Australian government gives national apology to residents

Australia’s prime minister has given a national apology to survivors of the thalidomide scandal and their families.

This comes over 60 years after the morning sickness drug started causing birth defects in babies globally.

It is the first time the government has acknowledged its role in the tragedy.

Report says the exact number of people affected in Australia remains unknown, but more than one 140 survivors have registered for a financial support programme since 2020.