Some international Tweeps seem to think *Australia* has lost its control over COVID-19. The map below shows Australian States and Territories. The yellow bit is where all the cases you're hearing about (100-200 per day) are from.
Hopefully, they'll regain control in coming weeks Image
The rest of Australia continues to manage cases at the border or is getting on top of some local community spread as usual.
Vaccination is ongoing but not at the rate many of us would like to see it. There are multiple reasons underlying that, principally issues with mRNA supply.
Our earliest "sovereign" vaccine had issues as it produced an HIV diagnostic cross-reaction. Our second most backed vaccine generated safety signals which - in the absence of community COVID-19 - created a risk imbalance due to TTS.
And we didn't place our orders fast enough for the mRNA vaccines so we're, as a nation, down the queue. Now that NSW (the yellow State) has a (relatively speaking for Aus) big ongoing outbreak, the risk balance there has changed. The AZ vaccine is a safe bet in places where there
are lots of COVID-19 cases because then the risk of disease due to COVID-19 faaar outweighs the risks from the TTS. But the communication around the AZ risk has been...troubling, & recently finger-pointy & paternalistic.
Australia needs to get back to no widespread community transmission. Despite "the Delta variant" being blamed for things, it's clear we absolutely can (& have) stop community transmission due to it - as we have with the other variants
Vaccine stocks are coming in numbers that will mean we could - if we all step up - get highly vaccinated by Xmas.
But that will depend on being ready for those stocks *ahead of time* & lots of careful, authentic, clever, multilingual & widespread communication

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21 Jun
Impressively easy to get a test this morning at a Queensland Health testing facility. Found it online. No GP referral needed. Helpful people everywhere. All happened quickly and efficiently. Throat and both nostrils.
Waiting on that result with all those privileged expectations....
*Sampling facility 🙄
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Yes, & if I *chose* to do these sports, I'd be *choosing* to take the risk.
I *chose* not to partake in any of those.
🎶One of these things is not like the other🎵
Until recently, those of my age couldn't make a *choice* even though there were options.
This a poor comparison
And admission: I don't have my own horse in this game because I was vaccinated with Pfizer in March as a frontline worker. I use my age (50 - still!!) as a example
This is a better comparison because I can't control getting homicided or car accidented.
However, I can *choose* not to stand in the rain during a lightning storm, and I'm a pretty good (& infrequent) swimmer.
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It will be interesting to see *how* new Qld case(s) - if not a false positive - is linked to Melbourne's existing clusters and what role the 4 days in NSW play.…
Case is residing in Caloundra. Arrived here 5th June. Tetsed y'day, confirmed today as a positive case.
Travelled with partner, leaving Melb 1st June. Multiple exposure sites (of course there's a Bunnings!), will be listed…
If you've been to these sites, please come forward and get tested.
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@4corners notes Australia's strategy to vaccinate has been shrouded in secrecy.
Interesting watching a GP basically tell an elderly person, don't worry about clots, when they asked what to do if that happens
Pfizer contacted Aus for "informal" discussions in a June 2020. No deal until Nov 2020.
AZ was a known platform, simple cold chain.
SciTAG met in mid-Aug to review the landscape.
C'wealth kept vaccine planning to itself, States lacking info
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