What I learned about Australia’s mediocre vaccination effort from Covid’s latest ‘hot spot’ in Sydney – .

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What I learned about Australia’s mediocre vaccination effort from Covid’s latest ‘hot spot’ in Sydney – .


He was so happy in fact that it made me realize what was missing from the public debate. Enthusiasm for the promise of a vaccinated community – that’s what he gave off. That’s what animated our conversation even at 10:30 p.m., and that’s what Australian officials, from the Prime Minister down to the bottom, have sort of lost the ability to talk about.

Where are the officials and the celebrities, I wondered, rallying “Team Australia”, asking everyone to participate by embracing the vaccinations? Where does the Joy Squad yell “how awesome this is?” She sings about how vaccines can bring countries and the world together?

On Thursday, when I watched public health officials in Sydney talk about the latest outbreak at their daily press conference, I didn’t understand anything that resembled Andrew’s encouragement, optimism, or the atmosphere “we are all in the same boat, get vaccinated”.

Everything I heard was the same old, the same old. Follow the health advice. Get tested, isolate yourself.

The vaccines were only offered in the context of a new decision to change the age range of those who should use the AstraZeneca vaccine from 50 to 60 years and older. Officials, looking austere, reported that this was done largely because a 52-year-old woman recently died, the second death in Australia believed to be linked to the AstraZeneca coup.

The decision to scale back the AstraZeneca vaccine will further delay the already weak deployment of inoculation in Australia. Whether the narrower range is the right decision or not, I am not in a position to say. But my conversation with Andrew made me wonder how often the audience hears the context as well.

According to the most recent government report, approximately 3.6 million doses of AstraZeneca have been administered in Australia, and there have been 31 confirmed cases of blood clots and 10 probable cases. Of these, 23 have been released and are recovering.

In other words, the vast majority of people who receive the vaccine – and those at Pfizer as well – do better with the vaccines than without.

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