After six weeks of election campaigning, we couldn't help but notice that government handling of the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be a question that is completely off limits. In fact the mainstream media have said virtually nothing about it the entire time.
After more than two years of restrictions, border closures, lockdowns, business closures, forced masking and vaccination mandates, one has to wonder why Covid had disappeared from the public debate. Considering daily confirmed cases are currently regularly exceeding 50,000 and the virus is now the second most common cause of death, you would think this is newsworthy, right?
The collateral damage caused by State and Federal government handling is there for all to see. Ongoing isolation requirements are causing massive problems in the workforce and a domino of supply-chain and inflationary problems.
So, we decided it was time a full appraisal of the National Plan to transition Australia's National COVID-19 response, was overdue and the eve of the election, a good time to deliver it.
This report card:
assesses the successes and failures of the National Plan criteria in each phase against quantitative real-world official data on vaccination doses, and on Covid-19 cases, hospitalisations, ICU admissions and deaths, and
looks at the stringency measures, namely test, trace, isolate, mask and quarantine, to determine whether stringency measures worked, or whether they only delayed transmission.
These yearly comparisons based on daily averages will give you a hint that things are not so great.
COVID-19 deaths rates rising in correlation to vaccine dosage, raises some serious questions. Why isn't the media reporting on this and pressing our 'leaders' for answers?
Many of the National Plan measures were achieved, including lockdowns, border closures and obtaining maximum vaccination coverage, but how did they fare in the overarching objectives to:
reduce susceptibility to the virus to lower transmission
minimise serious illness, hospitalisation and fatality, and
protect the sick and elderly?
We have made our assessment and we ask you to look at the results and judge for yourself.
To see our report card, click here.
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