Western Australia continues to close its borders due to vaccine inefficiencies against Omicron infections


Western Australia (WA) Prime Minister Mark McGowan remains closed from other parts of Australia due to the inefficiency of double doses to the Omicron variant of the CCP virus and the increasing number of cases in Eastern Australia. It was revealed that it would be.

In the first two weeks of resumption, an estimated 80,000 people were scheduled to travel to Western Australia.

“It would be irresponsible and reckless for the state government to ignore the facts and the reality of what is happening on the East Coast.”

Although Omicron is less severe than the Delta type, it is significantly more infectious, with thousands of hospitalizations recorded daily in New South Wales and Victoria from the beginning of the year.

“It will cripple our community as it is now on the East Coast. The experience of Eastern Australia was not ours. Western Australia is resilient … Infectious There were few illnesses or hospitalizations, “says McGowan.

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Premier of Western Australia Mark McGowan will speak with the media on December 24, 2021 at the Dumas House in Perth, Australia. (Photo courtesy of Matt Jelonek / Getty Images)

Western Australia initially plans to ease the interstate travel ban from February 5, when 90% of the state’s population of 12 or more have been vaccinated twice. Was there. However, the resumption is currently suspended indefinitely while waiting for further reviews in February.

On February 5, the exemption for travel to Western Australia will instead be extended to allow Western Australian returnees and those seeking to attend for funerals, palliative care, or other compassionate reasons. ..

McGowan reassessed the level of three doses over the age of 16 in this review, which is currently around 26%, with no specific goals set, but obtained “above” the third dose rate. He said he was aiming to do that. 80 percent, maybe 90 percent. “

“Science shows that a person who has only been vaccinated twice with the COVID vaccine has only 4% protection against infection by the Omicron variant, while a third dose provides 64% protection against infection. You can, “says McGowan.

“In addition, protection against severe illness is maintained at 80-90% with two doses, but increases to 98% with three doses … The third dose is in the fight against Omicron mutants. That’s our answer. “

However, McGowan did not rule out the possibility of delaying the resumption again if a similar scenario were performed in the future.

“What I have learned is nothing certain about COVID.”

The Government of Western Australia has also been criticized for preparing a public health system that is not yet ready to deal with the increase in cases, despite a two-year preparation period.

The report outlines a case of a serious staff shortage crisis exacerbated by vaccination obligations that have left hundreds of medical staff incapacitated.

However, this was disputed by WA’s Chief Health Officer Andrew Robertson.

“Our hospital system is ready … we are preparing our system to open on February 5th,” Robertson said.

The Government of Western Australia estimates that 1,200 graduate nurses will be hired in the public health sector in 2022, and recently 200 in state, national, and international advertising campaigns to attract additional staff. Spent 10,000 dollars.

Daniel Kumerev

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Daniel Khmelev is a Perth-based Australian reporter working on energy, technology and politics. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, physics and computer science. Contact him at [email protected]