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One down, one to go

July 4, 2021 - 11:50 -- Admin

As I mentioned last week I was due to get my first dose of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine from my local GP1. It was at about lunchtime and all went very smoothly. I didn’t have to wait long and, while waiting, had to read a blurb about what the risks were and what I should and shouldn’t do, and what I should look out for in the event I have some sort of reaction to the injection. This particularly relates to the blood clotting problem.

Targets, horizons, pathways

July 2, 2021 - 17:58 -- Admin

After being in hiding from Zoom for most of the week (rumours are that it is to count his numbers, as Frydenberg does the same), Prime Minister Scott Morrison appeared outside The Lodge, in Canberra, after his post G7 isolation. When he fronted the cameras he said that he would use this morning’s National Cabinet meeting to discuss setting vaccination targets which, once reached, would mean lockdowns and travel restrictions would no longer be required1.

Birmingham’s hypocrisy

July 2, 2021 - 09:50 -- Admin

After Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s AstraZeneca brain-fart, and the reaction against it1, Minister for Finance, Simon Birmingham has claimed that Morrison was simply trying to spread the word about the indemnity for GPs2. This is a lie. Morrison specifically mentioned those under 60, which was the age cut-off for the Astra-Zeneca vaccine. The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has stated that people under 60 should get the Pfizer vaccine1.

Morrison’s brain-fart

July 1, 2021 - 09:06 -- Admin

After a national cabinet meeting on Monday (28 June, 2021), Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that people under 60 who want to get the AstraZeneca vaccine should talk to their doctor to make a “risk-based decision”. He also announced an indemnity scheme to cover GPs who administer AstraZeneca to those under 601.

First shot

June 30, 2021 - 12:07 -- Admin

I have my first AstraZeneca vaccination today, and I face it with some trepidation because of the clotting problem which has been associated with it. Even though the chances are very slight, or even minuscule, occurring at a rate of up to six people per million vaccinated1, if it happens to me, the odds will not matter. My partner has been fully vaccinated, having had two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, with the second one three weeks ago.

Singapore sling

June 29, 2021 - 09:08 -- Admin

Singapore achieved self-government in 1959 and the People’s Action Party (PAP) has been in power ever since. Lee Kuan Yew was Prime Minister from 1959 until 1990. He was followed by Goh Chok Tong who was PM from 1990-2004, and he was followed by Lee Hsien Loong (Lee Kuan Yew’s son), who is now in his fifth term as PM1.

Not a race?

June 27, 2021 - 09:38 -- Admin

After lying to Australians, in November 2020, that we would be at the head of the queue for vaccination1, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, as if to excuse himself, has said in reference to the vaccine rollout “it’s not a race”2. Morrison is only saying it is not a race because we are well behind most other developed nations in the vaccine rollout (many people online are terming it a strollout because of its slow pace).