Dire warning from top doctor that Australia has ‘close to zero’ chance of eliminating the Delta strain of Covid and must frantically vaccinate everyone with AstraZeneca instead
- Top doctor warned Australia has a ‘close to zero’ chance of eliminating Delta
- He said all restrictions on AstraZeneca should be scrapped to ramp-up rollout
- Professor says ruling on vaccine by ATAGI was wrong and needs changing ‘ASAP’
- More than 340,500 young Australians got the AstraZeneca jab in last four weeks
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Australia has a ‘close to zero’ chance of eliminating the Delta variant of Covid and it must quickly vaccinate with the AstraZeneca jab, a top doctor warns.
Professor Robinson believes all restrictions on the AstraZeneca vaccine should be scrapped as there aren’t enough doses of Pfizer to go around.
A top doctor has warned that Australia has a ‘close to zero’ chance of eliminating the Delta variant of Covid-19 if restrictions aren’t removed for the AstraZeneca jab
Bruce Robinson, the outgoing chairman of the National Health and Medical Research Council says the ATAGI ruling on the vaccine was ‘wrong’ and needs to be changed ‘ASAP’
The head of Australia’s top medical research organisation said the ruling by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation was ‘wrong’ and needs to be changed ‘ASAP’.
He is spearheading a ‘second opinion’ signed by some of the country’s top medical practitioners, recommending everybody get AstraZeneca.
‘This virus is spreading and there’s probably no stopping it,’ Professor Robinson told the Herald Sun.
He explained the vaccine got a ‘really bad rap’ and the ATAGI advice was only appropriate for a time when Covid outbreaks were under control.
The professor said he believed there was now a ‘groundswell of of medical opinion which feels ATAGI’s advice was wrong and that it needs to be publicly changed’.
He said this would encourage more Australians to get jabbed as the highly contagious variant continues to spread through Sydney and now Queensland.
‘The chance of eliminating this is close to zero — there are many people I have spoken to who share that view,’ he said.
‘We might suppress it but we will be really unlikely to eliminate it and that’s because we see people who are clearly infectious without knowing it and they’re out and about.
Professor Robinson believes all restrictions on the AstraZeneca vaccine should be scrapped as there aren’t enough doses of Pfizer to go around
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) is now urging younger Sydneysiders to consider getting the AstraZeneca vaccine
What are the chances of dying from a blood clot after AstraZeneca?
One in 1.9million people have died from a blood clot after AstraZeneca.
By comparison, Aussies have a one in 33 chance of dying if they catch Covid-19, a one in 12,000 chance of being struck by lightning and a one in 55 chance of winning the Oz Lotto.
‘They should make a statement ASAP because at the moment we can’t afford people to be hesitant about getting a vaccine.’
ATAGI recommended Pfizer as the ‘preferred’ option for people younger than 60.
However, it changed its unofficial stance after the latest outbreak of Covid-19 began in Sydney on June 16.
The organisation now urges younger Sydneysiders to consider getting the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison also vouched for a mass rollout of AstraZeneca, claiming recommendations from the ATAGI slowed inoculation rates.
Professor Robinson’s dire warning comes as a record number of young Australians rolled up their sleeves for AstraZeneca in the past four weeks.
More than 340,500 under 60s have received their jab with under 40s accounting for a staggering one third.
The professor’s dire warning comes as a record number of young Australians have rolled up their sleeves for AstraZeneca in the last four weeks
Pharmacies have also been running out of the AstraZeneca vaccine with demand outpacing supply, with national vaccination rates also seeing an upward shift
The massive uptick suggests a change in attitude to the AstraZeneca vaccine after its extremely rare blood clotting side effect fuelled hesitancy across the country.
Pharmacies are finally running out of the AstraZeneca vaccine with demand outpacing supply, with national vaccination rates also seeing an upward shift.
Around 39.46 per cent of Australians have received their first dose while 17.73 per cent have been fully vaccinated.
More than 78 per cent of over 70s have received their first dose while 39.5 per cent have received both.
Around 64.13 per cent of over 50s have received one dose, while 24.34 per cent are fully vaccinated.