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  1. MacGyver

    Things you miss about Britain

    Why’s that?
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    That’s an interesting point Parley. I hadn’t thought about it that way and do understand people weighing up their individual risks before proceeding. I was thinking (and making comparisons) around what will happen when borders eventually open and the population is exposed to covid, whenever that happens.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    I had not read about other deaths in Australia directly linked to AstraZeneca, but I’m happy to be corrected on those numbers if I’ve missed it. The point linked to my previous post remains the same though if 3 people have sadly died instead of 1.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    I’ve noticed across social media that many of those who were comfortable letting Covid into Australian because “it’s just like flu, only a few thousand vulnerable people will die” are the same ones criticising AstraZeneca because it has (very sadly) caused a single death in Australia. I am unsure if it is linked to political affiliations/discussion groups, specific news sources, or because the “vulnerable” group now encapsulates them instead of someone else.
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    It's starting to kick in now...

    Please ignore those that are quick to comment and slow to understand. You are most welcome - every arrival enriches us all.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Do you have a source for this that we can all read and consider?
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Her comms team stated that she got Pfizer because of the shorter time between doses to allow her to travel to Tokyo as part of the Qld olympics bid, if she ‘needs’ to. I’m not convinced she ‘needs’ to be there to support the bid, but it’s a reasonable explanation they’ve given. She waited her turn in line, then when it came she was given Pfizer due to possible duties/responsibilities as premier. I might not agree with it but it’s also understandable.
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    Border opening now mid 2022

    I share your frustrations Marissa, the vaccine rollout has started poorly. I am encouraged with the recent uptake in vaccinations and the abc tracker calculates that at the current rate, everyone in Australia will have had the opportunity for two shots by March 2022. I expect things will get faster over the next few months, but will then slow down as all pro vaccine residents complete their shots and only the reluctant remain. Even if everyone has only had one shot by December this year, the conversation will start shifting to the next steps and I believe the border will open in stages throughout the first half of 2022 (for countries meeting certain criteria). A shift in thinking will be needed within Australia before this happens as we are so used to zero cases, but will start seeing thousands of cases each week (but with only a few hospitalisations and rare deaths). When circa 70% of the population is vaccinated we shouldn’t be worried about Covid entering the country and media may start reporting only hospitalisation rather than daily cases at that time (as case numbers will become almost irrelevant)
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    Border opening now mid 2022

    The border closure is only justifiable until mass deaths are not a high probability. I have been a vocal supporter of closed borders, and will continue to be a vocal supporter for the rest of this year, but once everyone has been offered a vaccine the borders will reopen. Closed borders cannot and will not be a long term solution to a disease that will be akin to seasonal flu when the population is vaccinated. The current outbreak in Melbourne should not be blamed on dual citizens exercising their right (that they have earned) to return to Australia. The issue is with a lack of purpose built, commonwealth funded and managed, quarantine facilities. The states are doing their best but hotels are not suitable for the job and ongoing outbreaks are inevitable.
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    Opening of international borders

    The Australian economy has performed very well because of the hard borders and the resulting absence (generally speaking) of Covid onshore. It’s allowed the economy to return to pre Covid levels very quickly and up to this point, closed borders have proven to be a vote winner at state elections. The closed borders have not applied to the import and export of goods, which have seen minimal impact (and it is worth noting that Australia exports more than it imports). So the decision to close the borders up to this point is better characterised as definitely a very good decision, rather than “ definitely a very bad decision”. With the economy doing well and people feeling safe, the majority still seem to be in favour of closed borders and the prime minister has a tendency to follow the votes, so will be reluctant to make changes. As vaccination levels increase I imagine pressure will build from within, and there will be a shift towards opening up to other vaccinated countries (Uk, USA etc) on a reciprocal basis, much like the current reciprocal travel bubble with New Zealand.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    I’m really hoping the vaccination program starts gaining momentum as more people get vaccinated and it becomes normalised. Up to this point people seem to have had the idea they don’t want to be ‘first’ to get it (forgetting tens of millions globally have already had it). But as they see friends, family and colleagues getting it without issues they might jump on the bandwagon and we’ll see more progress. My hope is that by year end we’ll be in a good place and finishing second doses by first quarter of 2022. I know that’s an optimistic/hopeful position to take, particularly given anecdotal evidence from Scotland that younger age groups have been more than a little blasé about the idea of getting vaccinated (I’m low risk why should I bother sort of selfish thinking).
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    It’s interesting looking at the ABCs vaccine tracker. Like you, I’ve been unimpressed with the vaccine rollout as I expected a lot of urgency to it, like we’ve seen overseas. But at the same time I wonder if my expects were too high and it’s not going as badly as I think. Maybe the truth is somewhere in the middle. The abc vaccine tracker measures when, at ‘current’ vaccination levels (changes daily) all Australian residents will have had the opportunity to have completed two doses (ie it’s assuming 40million odd doses given at x rate will take y amount of time). A month ago it was predicting July 2023 as the end date, whereas yesterday it was predicting mid May 2022, so it’s moving in the right direction. There’s been a surge of vaccinations in Victoria, but if they’re able to ride the wave of enthusiasm we might still manage to have first doses for the majority of the population completed by the end of 2021. I find that encouraging (when I’m in an optimistic mindset). https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-02/charting-australias-covid-vaccine-rollout/13197518
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    Anti-social driving & road rage

    I drive very defensively and don’t trust any drivers on the road anymore. If someone is tailgating I ignore them and leave an overly large gap from the car in front so I have space to brake slowly, to avoid having to slam on the brakes and risk the tailgater hitting me. I don’t let it bother me but there have been times I wished I had an LED display/screen on the rear window to write ‘nice’ messages to drivers close behind. I don’t think (most of the time) the tailgating is aggressive driving but rather just very bad driving without thought of the dangers.
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    Border opening now mid 2022

    The Uk vaccine rollout has been fantastic, but I struggled to confirm the above statement. I may be wrong, but all the info I could locate suggests the Uk economy is not anticipated to return to pre pandemic levels until mid 2022. https://www.bbc.com/news/business-57306596 https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/uk-economy-return-pre-covid-19-level-around-mid-2022-2021-04-13/
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    Things you miss about Britain

    I previously thought I missed a lot of things about Scotland, until I spent 8 months back there and found the nostalgia didn’t match the reality. I craved things like Scottish style Chinese takeaway, but found it just made me feel sick and paled in comparison to clean, authentic Asian takeaway options in Australia. I also thought I missed various sweets and treats, but found it all a bit excessive and realised I rarely touch the stuff anyway. In the end I missed more about Australia while in Scotland, than I missed about Scotland while in Australia. I do still miss the architecture dotted around Scotland. When in Glasgow and Edinburgh I always find myself walking around looking up, as almost every building is so rich in history. London is on another level when it comes to architecture too, fantastic place to wander around. But in all honesty, after living there for a while you take it for granted and stop noticing and I found the lifestyle very unhealthy in comparison to Australia. I know that’s subjective and not intended to cause a debate of Australia vs Uk