Concerns over the safety of hosting the Australian Open in Melbourne have been further raised after all passengers from a specially chartered flight for the tournament were forced into strict quarantine after two people on board tested positive for COVID.
A leaked email sent by Tennis Australia to all passengers on board flight QR7493 confirmed the news and outlined instructions from the Chief Health Officer that everyone was obliged to isolate and be “confined to their rooms for the 14-day quarantine period”.
and we all just bumble along .....
ABC presenter Lisa Millar has told ABC Radio Melbourne she was surprised by the lack of information given, when she flew into Melbourne from Brisbane last night.
Just staggering decision making from the Victorian government. We’ve had a 3 month lockdown and brought cases down from 700 plus a day to nothing and all but eliminated the virus. Then we had a lapse due to infections in NSW but locked down the state to again bring it under control. Tough decisions made for the greater good but thousands of Victorians stranded interstate and can’t return to their homes. Very hard on them but ultimately for the greater good.Just cancel the oz open already
Getting really bad in this part of the world .. many believe the virus brought by white ppl and the vaccine cant be trusted because its made by whites ) and whites are trying to kill Africans with carona and the vaccine... is being pushed by social media and by opposition parties here .. Also lots of negativity re governments imposing lockdowns , curfews .. opposition parties are very critical .. yep playing politics around this issue rather than helping ( think if they were in power they would do the same thing ).. A alcohol ban in all southern African countries ( Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.)is very very very very very very unpopular . 1000 ppl plu sare dying a day in South Africa .. 500 new cases a day here ..and countries are going broke .. we rely on diamonds and tourism in Botswana and both are stuffed atm .. Not enough money for most governments here to do large scale vaccinations .. and then a lot of ppl wont take the vaccination believing again though info on facebook its Americans , Europeans ( white ppl ) etc trying to kill them with the vaccine.
Yeah I'm not sure why we've bowed to pressure from wherever and brought the vaccine programme forward. IMO the vaccine should be fine, but with where cases are at in this country, I don't see a reason why we should be using the vaccine before the 2nd quarter of the year. Let the hardest hit countries find out the issues before we take it, and allow us to make the right long term decisions about who gets which vaccine.Australia has asked Pfizer for “additional information” about its vaccine after reports from Norway suggesting the jab was too risky for the very old or terminally ill.
Health Minister Greg Hunt said the government had “immediately sought” more information from Pfizer and the Norway medical regulator regarding the report about “possible consequences of the Pfizer vaccine”.
The Norway report does not suggest younger people under the age of 75 should not take the vaccine.
“We have been in contact with the Foreign Minister, and Marise Payne will task DFAT to seek advice directly from the Norwegian governmentIn addition,” Mr Hunt said.
“As further information is available, we’ll share that with the Australian public.”
Mr Hunt said at the same time there had been “heartening” news from the Centers for Disease Control in the United States, with “very positive results” from its review of 1.8 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine “in terms of both the safety and the efficacy”.
“But this is exactly why, as a nation, we have been absolutely clear ... that safety is Australia’s number one priority,” he said.
“So, we’ll continue to follow the processes of the medical regulator, because that’s going to keep Australians safe and ultimately provide confidence.”
That's one of the beneficial outcomes from Victoria's hard approachYeah I'm not sure why we've bowed to pressure from wherever and brought the vaccine programme forward. IMO the vaccine should be fine, but with where cases are at in this country, I don't see a reason why we should be using the vaccine before the 2nd quarter of the year. Let the hardest hit countries find out the issues before we take it, and allow us to make the right long term decisions about who gets which vaccine.