HAS any esteemed health minister, professor, health person realised that, anyone that is certified/qualified to give the public this vaccine we have all been waiting for, needs to be vaccinated first and wait for about one month to be safe to administer said vaccine?
Please note all, two injections are needed to have plus minus 90 per cent efficiency. AstraZeneca and Oxford University developers have fronted up to ensure we will all get this vaccine.
Each shot needs to be at least 21 days apart to ensure the plus 90 per cent safety for the doctors and or nurses giving this to the public, and then one week to ensure efficacy, I don't think so.
We will all get access together and then what?
All the important vaccinators ready, willing and competent to deliver this vaccine will need to wait until they are safe to do their job.
Felicity O'Neill, Westbury.
I am sorry, but as much as I respect Peter Greste and what he went through, Julian Assange is a self promoting narcissist and little more than a fraud in my opinion.
He fled Sweden when he became aware of possible separate charges for sexual assault against two women who, it should be noted, were fans of his/Wikileaks.
He then broke his bail conditions and absconded from the UK justice system taking refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy for years until they figured out what a so and so he was.
While there he fathered two children.
Now he squeals about his mental health as a reason to avoid extradition.
Well, Julian, that's a great line. I reckon every serial killer, internet fraudster, traitor and drug lord kingpin will now play that one to avoid extradition.
Boo hoo sweetie, your situation is all your own work.
Even major western media outfits reckon your actions were not proper journalism, but I reckon your mate Vladimir loves your work.
It is worth noting that the court threw out all the journalism limbs of his appeal claim leaving just his mental health.
Mike Seward, Port Fairy.
Scheme must continue
FOR those of us who work in the tourism sector, the travel voucher scheme was a needed shot in the arm at a time when tourism was on its knees.
With continued uncertainty for the sector ahead it would be greatly appreciated if the scheme could continue until international travel resumes.
Ben O'Loughlin, Launceston.
COULD Australia's most high end export producers target a somewhat lower price bracket thereby capturing a huge previously disenfranchised local market?
If we could afford so-called luxury products - lobster, wagyu - surely gross local consumption could nearly equal exports, not to mention providing a very popular social licence, a more egalitarian society and a retreat from the harms of globalisation.
I humbly await any economically sound refutations.
Ian Harvey, Youngtown.
Prioritising our health
IF Tasmanians decided to carry on in similar fashion to the riotous yanks in Washington DC (minus the gunplay) over their current level of Island hospital administration efficiency, it would be totally understandable, and even excusable.
There has not been extreme civil disobedience at the centre of state legislature in Hobart or, at the offices of those elected to serve us there and also those who call Canberra the workplace, is frankly unbelievable.
People from school kids up are continually demonstrating - both peacefully and otherwise - over a range of animal, vegetable and mineral causes but not a peep can be heard about health, hospitals and the chaos written about in The Examiner (January 7), reporting on the Launceston General Hospital emergency department survey of 90,000 presenting for medical care and what scenes of horror and disgust it contained.
On top of that, and unmentioned in this damning report, are the thousands awaiting notification they are about to be called to hospital for the surgery on knees, hips, shoulders, spines, organs and other things they have been awaiting for up to five years.
I believe this situation has developed to its current low level because sick people don't complain and are content to grumble to themselves without being motivated to storm the halls of power.
Tasmanians need to prioritise their overall health ahead of logs, parrots, race horses, deer, climate and just about everything else presently complained about and put health on top.
It's the one thing that we, without exception rely upon from conception to cremation. The system is badly broken, and can only get worse unless drastic action from the highest level intervenes.
Ministers of the Crown, Honourable Members, senators, do everyone a favour by upping the priority of health to category 1, mark it "extremely urgent".
Noel Christensen, Punchbowl.
IT is no surprise to see the violence and seditious chaos in Washington being played out. The last days of despots and tyrants often end in such a manner.