Australia catching Nepal as vaccine chaos continues

The Australian vaccine rollout is all over the news again today and not in a good way. Rather than produce a thought-through strategy and adjust it as circumstances change, the Morrison Government is flailing around in public, telling different interest groups different things.

In short, it continues to be politics over national interest:

  • National cabinet meets today.
  • VIC is to follow NSW in opening mass vaccination centres.
  • GPS still can’t get doses and warn that hesitancy is rising.

To wit, surveyed AFR readers willing to get the jab has fallen from 89% to 81% over a month.

The politics of it all is chaotic. After last week’s declaration that Australia is a permanent prison island, then backflip to effective vaccine passports, we begin a new week with mixed messages that there is “no hurry” to open the borders (while summoning national cabinet to hurry up the rollout) and last weeks suggestion that essential travel will be allowed for the vaccinated, as well as home quaratine.

Or not. The state premiers are offside even before the meeting:

  • WA said no way, Jose.
  • VIC said they rely on medical not ScoMo advice.
  • Greg Hunt said the ACT model for home quarantine was the right model.

Meanwhile, almost a year late, we might produce some mRNA vaccine of our own. Recalling that it was last June last year that Pfizer first asked us how much we’d want of its mRNA vaccine and was sent packing.

Finally, our progress still looks pretty sick versus Morrison Gvoernment ambitions:

But at least we’re catching Nepal:

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    • Arthur Schopenhauer

      There’s already one going today at the Bell St Testing Site, at the Repatriation Hospital, Melbourne.

      The states seem to have a plan, even if scovid and his merry bunch of coconuts don’t.

  1. This vaccine urgency is just crazy. We don’t “need” to be quick as there is bugger all community transmission.

    Nepal? They are likely forked. India on one side and China on the other. They need to vaccinate tout de suite.

    Personally I plan to be one of the last to be vaccinated in Aus – just before they let the international students back in. And I’d prefer the pfizer vax over the AZ thanks!

    • +1 My guess is the 9% decline in interest is that everyone is planning to wait for the Pfizer. Who wants a vaccine that is little more effective than the flu jab – and a (tiny) risk of life-ending blood clots – in a country with no Covid?

      • Frank DrebinMEMBER

        Sound rationale. Until we get Covid again…..

        Nature finds a way, just like those pesky dinosaurs in Jurassic Park.

        • You want to open the border frank, the rest of the country doesn’t. if we stopped letting anyone in there is no covid here. we only get it when it leaks from quarantine.

          • Frank DrebinMEMBER

            This thing isn’t going anywhere, it will be with us for the rest of our lives most likely.

            Going slow on vaccinations because it is not currently here is not a sensible position to take long-term. Neither is “keep der border shut”.

            At some point we need to start taking calculated risks so we can pinpoint issues and tighten them up.

            Hotel quarantine for returnees in urban centres is absolutely the worst thing we could be doing for mine. It is completely brain dead.

    • +1 and I think many would agree with you. We have no community transmission and we can travel anywhere in Australia and now New Zealand. It was only two weeks ago and DLS was advocating the J&J vaccine. The advantage of being later is we can understand the success (efficacy on various mutations) and adjust our programme if needed. Being quickest for the sake of being quickest is just ludicrous.

    • bolstroodMEMBER

      Yep. If Pfizer is the prefered jab of the Prime Minister ( he has had 2 and is over 50), then that is the one I want.
      Look what happened to (C)hunt when he took the AstraZeneca Liberal party endorsed jab.
      He spent a week in hospital.
      Another thing I am puzzled by is how the Astra Zenecaa is not OK for under 50″s, but is OK for over 50’s, .
      The under 50’s can get AZ if they ask for it,they get a choice, but myself ,over 70 can only have the AZ, no choice.

  2. Simply way over the top – I have many friends in NZ where very little has been achieved but they’re not bellyaching since they understand the demand and supply situation. These type of posts are purely for political (left wing) purposes

    Covid. The U.S. has fully vaccinated close to a quarter of the population. Britain has given first shots to nearly half of its residents. EU27 is now vaccinating roughly at the pace of the US in mid-February and on track to hit its September target to inoculate 70% of the adult population (=57% total population)…..(for) New Zealand, not even 1% of the population has received a shot (NYT)

    • +1. What did the US, UK and EU27 have in common? A disastrous response to suppressing and eliminating Covid? Just look at the daily number of infections and Australia and New Zealand are a tiny fraction of these countries with no community transmission. I know where I would rather be at the moment and I am happy to wait for my jab.

  3. happy valleyMEMBER

    Keep the great unwashed guessing – another tactic from SFM’s marketing kitbag?

  4. So this must have been how the Romans felt.

    Chinese… Goths… its all the same when it comes down to it.

    What we need is a Colloseum. Anyone who doesnt buy a house in Australia can be dumped in and made to fight to the death.

    ScoMo can throw the crowd an occasional piece of scrap and we can all pretend we still live in a functioning society.

  5. Now they are offering the AstraZeneca to any of the over 50s who want it. Because the over 70s don’t. How to instil confidence in the populace with a suspect vaccine they have gambled on. But wait! There are free steak knives with that!