Domain: No vaccine before Olympics

Nan and Pop may be fighting for their lives by winter but what really matters is this, from Domain:

In his first interview since the coronavirus outbreak began in December, the Australian team’s medical director, David Hughes, said human-to-human transmission of the flu-like disease in Japan was a “far from ideal” situation.

“What is going on in Japan now is a key issue,” said Dr Hughes, who is also the chief medical officer at the Australian Institute of Sport. “The next couple of weeks is going to be the real test in seeing whether this local transmission can be brought under control.

“It’s a far from ideal situation when we are preparing for an Olympics. All I can say is we certainly would prefer that there wasn’t local transmission occurring in Japan.”

Dr Hughes said any change to current plans for the Olympics would be up to the International Olympic Committee.

“We will not have a vaccine for coronavirus before the Olympics,” he told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. “We would need to be sure that it is safe to take athletes into Japan.”

Have they replaced all of the journos over there with dog turds?

David Llewellyn-Smith


  1. Wtf?!

    I was sure our world-beating universities will have developed 3 vaccines and numerous cures to this by next month.

    Are they not as good as I had been led to believe?!

    • A few commenters were very clear, in CAPITALS NO LESS, that there we 20 – TWENTY!!oneone11- vaccines and what-me-worry, etc etc

      Bloviating inanities, it now seems

    • Murdoch University are onto it. As soon as they assemble a team of full-fee paying students and enough of an English-support network they are going to workshop the problem and apply their world beating tertiary education model in group projects – just so long as enough local students can be randomly allocated to the teams. After which they are sure to design a new Toyota Corona Pius and solve all our problems. It’s as good as solved.

      • Someone ElseMEMBER

        As long is no chemistry involved. The Chemistry school (College? Stream? Whatever. I forgot what the re-name made them) is being shut down.

        And the school of marine science too. Graduates that can actually get a job.

        The lifetime unemployed, dolphin-f%cking marine biologists are plastered on every advertisement instead.

  2. Here’s a prediction:
    Dr Hughes will either lose his job very shortly, or
    He’ll clarify his original thoughts and adopt a much sunnier disposition wrt to beating the pandemic soon

  3. What’s a little virus in comparison with a potential extinction event still going on in Fukushima…. Or am I being too alarmist?

    • What event? Is it nuclear related? Not the super-safe-totes-ok-nuclear. Like the one at Chernobyl, that was way way way overblown.

    • Yes, you are. The radiation risks of both Chernobyl and Fukushima have been overblown.

      The earth is, and has always been, radioactive. And it will remain so in future. The radiation from the earth is collectively known as the background radiation and it is much larger than you would think, especially when compared to the radiation levels of nuclear plants. This should not be surprising and there are two ways to understand why.

      The first way is to think where all the radioactive elements have been before people ever started mining them. Obviously they were buried under the ground and, even today, the vast majority still remain under the ground.

      The second way, for more scientifically literate, is to think about the source of geothermal energy. The earth formed more than 4 billion years ago. How can the earth keep generating geothermal energy for billions of years?

  4. I am genuinely amazed how many women actually want to play the game. I see them training down at Moorabbin, absolutely loving it.
    I even got an email from a parent at school asking if my daughter would play. We both agreed that was not going to happen.