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from Irene Soave

In Australia, a surge in Covid cases and few vaccines: just 11% of the population had two doses. In Sydney 57 arrests: but the march risks being a “super-hotbed”

Thousand of people they got out in the square today in the two main cities of Australia, Sidney e Melbourne, to protest against the new restrictions imposed in an attempt to counter the spread of Covid-19. In Australia, about 22% of the population received the first dose, due to the slowness of the vaccination campaign. And the new severe lockdown announced yesterday by the authorities, which extends the one already in force for a month, threatens to last until October. After the announcement, le street protests. In Sydney, in particular, there were violent clashes: an unauthorized march – by protesters largely without masks – violated public health orders and several officers were hit with potted plants and bottles of water. 57 those arrested. Thousands of people also crowded several Melbourne streets after they gathered in front of the state parliament. You are still.

Sydney, new “national emergency” Covid

The strategy of “eliminating” the virus pursued by Australia during the pandemic – with entire neighborhoods quarantined in the event of even one case – had received the acclaim of many epidemiologists; yet the virus, with the Delta variant, has returned to manifest itself with violence in Sydney, where the infections have become a “national emergency” and not even a new lockdown has so far been able to stop its advance. There New Zealand blocked the “tourist corridor” with Australia.

As of mid-June, just 3% of the 23.6 million Australians had received at least one dose of the vaccine: a much slower pace than most developed countries, due to a delay in the availability of doses, slow distribution in several states of the federation, and also to some convinced pockets of population opposed to the vaccine. They are not just members of no-vax countercultures: a third of Australians, according to a government poll in June, “hardly” would have agreed to get vaccinated after a series of government backslides about the AstraZeneca formula, which the Australian government had been among the first to order (and whose supplies were reduced by the dispute last spring with the European Union). But the biggest problem was the availability of doses: it is not clear how many the government actually has available. THE major suppliers I’m AstraZeneca e Pfizer; regulators have also approved Moderna and Novavax. The government has announced “forty million doses of Pfizer by the end of 2021,” but it is currently unclear how many have actually been delivered.

The anger in Sidney

And so it is today only 11 percent of the population fully vaccinated, especially in high-risk groups such as the elderly, guests of retirement homes and inhabitants of native settlements. The most affected is the state of New South Wales, of which Sydney is the capital, with 163 new cases in one day and two thousand total cases: recently the whole country was at zero cases. There anger against the lockdown it grows, but today’s event – thousands of demonstrators on the street without masks – risks becoming a new hotbed of “superuncturists”.

July 24, 2021 (change July 24, 2021 | 13:15)


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