I could have written breaking news posts almost every day last week! Instead I wrote nothing and watched the shit show.
Now the Sydney outbreak is increasing and someone in our office went in after being exposed (exposure site is essentially an entire Westfield). Have heard nothing really about it apart from my colleague there. The cluster is up to nine today.
Then a flight attendant who came out of quarantine tested positive after multiple negatives – she was in QLD by then.
We’re shipping AstraZeneca doses to Fiji which will hopefully assist that small country. Although culturally it’s really hard to get them to take the vaccine.
Melbourne cluster is now at 54 active cases with nine yesterday according to the Victorian Health Department website.
Big news this week was that the AstraZeneca vaccine has been shifted to 60 plus people only. Apparently the Pfizer supplies are running out currently – and the government didn’t take up an early offer from Pfizer to be a priority group. Opposition suggests it is because it cost more than AZ (five times more). The Drum panelists tonight commented that the cost should have been immaterial (there is no economy without herd immunity through vaccination).
Talking vaccines, the ABC published a ‘what to expect’ post vaccine. The person they interviewed was 72 and felt pretty shit after the first dose for two days. He had the AZ and that result is pretty common. Pfizer is after the second dose, although B1 did not get any after effects. In another article they spoke to someone had Pfizer and he was surprised about how bad he felt afterwards.
Meanwhile Dr Nick Coates in in advertising and I just realised there is a ‘two shot’ coffee joke at the end. DOH!
Biggest news was on Friday morning we got the word that an infected person had visited from Sydney and attended the last day of the National Gallery of Australia’s exhibition Botticelli to Van Gogh. The lovely wife and I had done this wonderful exhibition several weeks ago after a lunch with one of the educators and yummy food from Marble and Grain. My friend K however happened to chance the last day at the same time as Mr infected and so is currently in seven day quarantine, including isolating from her family downstairs. She has tested negative so far.
Before I got that Saturday night party destroying news, my ex let me know that she had been exposed while visiting the other location, Via Dolce and was keeping the kids home. Did I want to have my child visit or not. Well I guess if you’re worried enough to not want them going to school I probs don’t want them to come here right now! So I elected not to have my kid for the evening as planned, pending a negative test. Saturday morning the ex reported negative (which is excellent) so we did go and collect the offspring. The ex was released to sing in a Qwire concert the next day.
This is the closest we’ve been touched by COVID so far and it was genuinely scary and also annoying with the cancellations. Good news, party rescheduled but not for some weeks!
And on another note – why not dump your party leader in the middle of a pandemic to keep the Deputy Prime Minister position nice and stable? (Anyone, National Party, Anyone?)