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  1. DIG85

    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    People who can't have the vaccine (who are actually a tiny minority, BTW) are going to be exposed to COVID at some point, whether from vaccinated or unvaccinated people. Young children and babies are at almost zero risk of developing serious illness from COVID, and I am not aware that there is any clear evidence that the benefits of the vaccine for this cohort clearly outweigh the risks.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    You could say the same about having a vaccine though. The overwhelming benefit of the covid vaccine accrues to the person receiving it. The developers have never claimed otherwise. So long as you've had the vaccine, what someone else chooses to do or not do is likely to be irrelevant.
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    Uk mortgage

    It should be noted that it was for many years HMRC practice to allow all interest on released capital as a deduction against rental income (up to the value of the property at the time it became an IP). HMRC appears to have amended its manuals recently to stop this.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    But unfortunately that had the unintended effect of putting off a lot of over 60s too, who thought "why should we be guinea pigs? If it's not good enough for the under 60s, why should it be good enough for us?" Some of these over 60s then held out for Pfizer, but by the time delta arrived, for some it was alas too late. The AZ communication was terrible, and I think ATAGI must share most of the blame. It was clear that ATAGI not in pandemic settings mode: it assumed that Australia would continue to be COVID free. That assumption was a huge error.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    That I completely agree with. The AZ scaremongering was a disaster.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Many people have died since July 2021 because they were unvaccinated, particularly in Melbourne and Sydney. Many of these people refused a perfectly safe and effective vaccine in the form of AZ when it was available to them back in the autumn, thinking that they could wait until the apparently much safer Pfizer arrived. I suspect the number of these people is substantially more than a dozen. That is a serious side effect of zero COVID policy. People end up thinking they have the luxury of being able to choose which vaccine they should receive. They then pay the ultimate price.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Achieving zero COVID is far too narrow a definition of effectiveness of lockdowns. Particularly when zero COVID is not sustainable in the medium term, as demonstrated by the fact that Melbourne has been yo-yoing in an out (mostly in) of lockdown for the past 18 months. You need to take into account the mental health and economic impact of the Victorian lockdowns. Victoria has destroyed its economy, in particular the Melbourne CBD is going to be a ghost down for a long time to come. Aiming for zero COVID, which was Victoria's aim for so long, was a fool's errand. It was also dangerous, because it lulled the populace into a false sense of security, believing that it's safer to remain unvaccinated than to take the supposedly risky AZ vaccine. The result was that when the far more contagious Delta variant emerged in May/June, we were sitting ducks. Splendid isolation only works temporarily.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Looking at the latest daily cases coming out of Victoria (2,297), you have to say that there is no evidence whatsoever that lockdowns are a particularly reliable predictor of outcomes. Victoria has been more conservative than NSW in its lockdown measures by a huge distance. And yet it has by far the worst COVID outcomes of the nation. It has double the number of deaths of NSW. It has spent double the time in lockdown that NSW has. People who think the UK locking down a week or so earlier in March 2020 would have made a huge difference are making a completely evidence-free assertion.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Yep, it's all the plebs' fault that they're not vaccinated! All those working class povvos, thick as mince meat. Look at all those highly intelligent people in Canberra!
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    Moving to Melbourne 2021/22

    I would seriously consider whether moving to (or staying in) Melbourne is a wise decision. It's had a shocker of a pandemic. The impact of it on the city's economy is going to be felt for a long time to come. People are leaving in droves, in particularly to Qld. Melbourne really doesn't offer much at all now or any time soon. As Paul Keating once said, if you're not in Sydney, you're just camping.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Shows what can be done when a city's residents are politicians, civil servants and their families. Looking after number one, eh. Shame they couldn't be so efficient for the rest of us.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Yes, the UK was of course the only country to suffer terribly during COVID. Still waiting for an explanation of the logical contortion in the report which I have highlighted above.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    No I don't. Under Trump and Biden it's become increasingly politicised.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    That's a Bloomberg article. I'm sure a Daily Tel or Guardian article would say the same. But on what authority is it based? Who's providing the information?
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    It isn't, and never has been, the policy of Queensland or SA to send every COVID positive patient to hospital. In any case, it would be a silly policy. There is no reason to send a person with mild symptoms to hospital where they risk spreading it to staff and non-COVID patients who may be very ill with other illnesses.
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