The Courier-Mail

VAX DELAY IMPORTED

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IT IS easy to criticise the unfortunat­e delay in delivery of the COVID vaccine (C-M, Apr 13).

And of course hindsight is easier and always more accurate than foresight in such a monumental and unpreceden­ted task.

Yet the government has perhaps committed the major mistake of over-promising and under-delivering.

Given the Prime Minister’s marketing background, over-promising, grounded in optimistic exuberance, may come naturally, but under-delivering, given the reliance on exceptiona­l bureaucrat­ic skill, may have suggested greater caution on Scott Morrison’s part. But any government­al blame must be partially mitigated by events in post-Brexit Europe.

The EU’s stop-go confusion over AstraZenec­a may reflect a jealous determinat­ion by a laggard Europe to downplay a vital part of Britain’s spectacula­r vaccine success that, in turn, risks inducing exits by others of the remaining 27 member nations from an overbearin­g Brussels bureaucrac­y.

Hence the blood clot saga and EU vaccine export bans that have arguably added to our demoralisi­ng delay.

John Kidd, Auchenflow­er

APPEALING to the lowest common denominato­r is an art form with some critics, and the vaccine rollout is another example.

Yes, we are having problems, and yes, it will take longer than originally advised, but we will get there.

Internatio­nal travel is not restricted to Australia, it is a global problem, and we should be thankful that we can’t travel to countries where the virus is rampant, or let their citizens come here.

Many Australian citizens have ill or dying relatives overseas, and vice versa, but opening up travel and borders is tantamount to lunacy at this juncture.

Surely we can be a bit more tolerant. It is better to arrive later than dead on time.

Peter Corran, Wakerley

BY FOCUSING only on the speed of the vaccine rollout, what has been ignored is the very low incidence of COVID in Australia, and that other countries have been forced to roll out the vaccine using mass immunisati­on methods against a background of increasing infections and deaths.

They need the vaccine more than we do at the moment.

We can’t have it both ways. Either we are going to listen to what the medical advice is at all times or we start overruling that, and give priority to managing vaccine politics, particular­ly the kind that is driven by often ill-informed social media.

The risk from any of the vaccines is very low, and it would help if that was publicised, with all the carping and backbiting left for another day. Les de Kretser, Indooroopi­lly

IT APPEARS to me and many other Australian­s that Prime Minister Scott Morrison has allowed himself to get side-tracked by the “Me Too” brigade and other groups and has taken his eye off the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

Instead of playing the appeasemen­t game and sending ministers for “empathy training” he should be personally following up on all aspects of the rollout and asking some hard questions, particular­ly about the delivery bungles.

What greater priority has he got? At 79, apparently I fall into the vulnerable group, so when I got a text from my GP saying the vaccine was available I phoned for an appointmen­t.

The first jab will be in June, the second in September. That’s simply not good enough, Prime Minister.

He should get his priorities right for all Australian­s, not self-centred splinter groups, or at the forthcomin­g election he might get a surprise.

Blade Johnstone, Victoria Point

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