Articles from THE BLOT REPORT
During Sydney’s belated and half-hearted lockdown in response to this current outbreak of the Delta variant of Covid-19, Premier of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian said on July 22: “I don’t think everybody appreciates how contagious this strain is and how different it is from past strains”1. Just about everybody with a modicum of intelligence and an ability to read or hear the news has known that the Delta strain is very much more transmissible than previous strains.
Former federal deputy chief medical officer, Dr Nick Coatsworth was interviewed on Sky News and in a response to the question ‘so who are the people to listen to, Nick?’ from Peter Stefanovic, he replied: “Well, I think when you hear your leaders speak; I mean, there’s a difference between experts and leaders, Pete.
In daily briefings by politicians and their chief medical officers we usually hear a recital of the number of new cases, and how many were in quarantine, in isolation or were in the community while infectious. They also announce any deaths that may have occurred in the previous 24 hours. However, one factor which they do not and probably are unable to report is the number of people with what is termed ‘long covid’.
Two days ago, New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said it was time the government “refocused” its rollout plan, and consider prioritising Pfizer doses for young people in Sydney’s hardest-hit areas. She also said: “I will be taking to National Cabinet … [asking] … that consideration be given to at least having more people having at least one dose of the vaccine, which reduces transmission.”1
On June 28, Prime Minister Scott Morrison advocated that people under 60 should get the AstraZeneca vaccine, simply in an attempt to make the vaccine ‘strollout’ look like less of a shemozzle. As is common with most of those in government, the cost to the general populace is immaterial if Morrison believes that some benefit can accrue to him.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has raised the white flag and relaxed almost all the UK’s Covid-19 mitigation restrictions. Masks and social distancing will no longer be required and social gatherings of many people will be allowed again. Some of the locals are calling it Freedom Day1.
Victorian state MP Georgie Crozier (‘Crazier’ to many) has been one of the lesser lights in the whining by the Victorian Liberal Party over the Covid-19 lockdowns in that state, with Tim Smith leading the charge, seemingly with the ambition of becoming opposition leader in place of the even less inspiring Michael O’Brien1.
The kerfuffle over Morrison’s brain fart, in which he attempted to squash the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation’s (ATAGI) advice that under 60s should not have the AstraZeneca vaccine has been well documented in several places and I wrote an essay on it around the time I had my first dose of that vaccine1.