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Australia War of words between Ray Hadley and Alan Jones over Sydney Covid rules

12:06  09 september  2021
12:06  09 september  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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A tense war of words has erupted between radio host Ray Hadley and his ex-colleague Alan Jones over the broadcaster's anti-lockdown stance and his claims Covid-19 is no worse than the flu.

Jones has repeatedly criticised New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian during Sydney's three-week coronavirus lockdown for enforcing strict public health orders to stop the spread of the virus.

Last week, he used his Sky News segment to call for the pay of Australia's 'contemptible' politicians to be scrapped until they stopped implementing lockdowns.

'We are being run by an ignorant rabble who don't do any homework,' he said in another rant directed at Ms Berejiklian on Monday.

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Hadley - a 2GB breakfast host who worked with Jones until his move to Sky - accused Jones of taking a 'ridiculous stance' and doing the Australian public a 'great disservice'.

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'According to him, they’ve made mistake after mistake after mistake,' Hadley said on Tuesday morning.

'If you look at the figures worldwide, as opposed to our figures, even in the middle of this pandemic problem we have in Sydney at the moment, (we are at the) top of the world in terms of controlling the virus.'

Hadley also claimed Jones' Sky News stablemate Andrew Bolt was acting like his 'lapdog'.

'His disciple and lapdog, Andrew Bolt, will no doubt disagree. But Andrew, I couldn’t care less what you think,' Hadley said.

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Jones had argued the fact Sweden had a lower death rate than the UK despite using less strict social distancing restrictions for much of the pandemic proved it was possible to achieve 'herd immunity' against the virus.

He also claimed the number of influenza deaths are comparable to the Covid fatality rate - with 705 flu deaths in 2019 out of 300,000 cases, compared to 910 coronavirus fatalities stemming from 30,000 infections since the pandemic hit Australian shores in early 2020.

'Were there lockdowns, mandatory masks, border closures, businesses ruined, egotistical power hungry Premiers and a Prime Minister locking the country down and talking about how we wouldn't return to normal for years?' Jones said of the influenza figures.

'Stop hyperventilating over Covid cases and think about the people right now who are hyperventilating over how they are going to pay their mortgage, their bills, their wages, their kids' school fees.'

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New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Tuesday announced her state had recorded another 89 cases of Covid-19, of which 30 were out in the community for part of, or the entire time, they were infectious.

Ms Berejiklian said she would announce on Wednesday or Thursday whether Greater Sydney's three-week stay-at-home lockdown would be extended beyond July 16, but it appears certain as the premier said community transmission rates would have to be at or near zero before it was lifted.

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Australia's return to normal after Covid-19 depends on how quickly the nation gets vaccinated.

However, a small but noisy group of anti-vaxxers is trying to hold the country back by spreading myths about the vaccines.

They include concerns the jabs will alter DNA, cause infertility or even connect people to the internet.

Some also claim the vaccines are still on trial until 2023 - but actually it is normal for them to be monitored for a few years after approval.

Here Daily Mail Australia publishes official Department of Health advice to help you sift the fact from the fiction.

Are Covid-19 vaccines still on trial until 2023?

Both of Australia's vaccines currently in use - Pfizer and AstraZeneca - were approved by the country's regulator, the Theraputic Goods Administration, early this year after completing phase three trials.

No part of the assessment process was rushed and there was no emergency authorisation granted, meaning experts made a complete assessment of all the available data.

When a vaccine is approved and used in the population it is studied for a few years to monitor its effects.

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This stage is called 'Phase IV studies' and is different from the earlier trial stages which show the product meets the necessary efficacy and safety levels.

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These studies are expected to be complete in early 2023 for both vaccines.

Oxford University's vaccine knowledge project says: 'After a vaccine is licenced it continues to be monitored as part of a post-licensure monitoring of vaccines.

'The manufacturer of the vaccine may continue to test for safety, efficacy, and other potential uses (called Phase IV Trials).'

Regulators also continue to monitor the vaccine to detect any possible signals of adverse events.

Can Covid-19 vaccines alter your DNA?

No, Covid-19 vaccines do not alter your DNA.

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The Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine uses a fragment of messenger RNA (mRNA) to instruct your body to make an immune response against Covid-19.

There is a crucial difference between mRNA and DNA.

DNA, which makes up our genetic code, is larger, double stranded and very long.

The mRNA is a single stranded copy of a small part of the DNA, which is often released to send instructions to other parts of the cell.

DNA is stored in the protected centre of our cells – the nucleus. The mRNA is broken down quickly by the body.

It never enters the nucleus, and cannot affect or combine with our DNA in any way to change our genetic code.

Instead, Covid-19 mRNA vaccines teach the cell how to make a protein that triggers an immune response specific to Covid-19. The vaccines work with the body’s natural defences to develop immunity to disease.

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Can Covid-19 vaccines connect you to the internet?

Covid-19 vaccines do not – and cannot – connect you to the internet.

Some of the mRNA vaccines being developed include the use of a material called a hydrogel, which might help disperse the vaccine slowly into our cells.

Bioengineers have used similar hydrogels for many years in different ways. For instance, they've used them to help stem cells survive after being put inside our bodies.

Because of this, some people believe that hydrogels are needed for electronic implants, which can connect to the internet.

The Pfizer mRNA vaccine does not use hydrogels as a component.

The Pfizer mRNA vaccine contains a piece of mRNA which is coated in a lipid (fatty) droplet.

The lipid helps the vaccine enter our cells, as the membrane holding our cells together is also made mostly of lipid. The vaccine and the membrane can fuse easily, depositing the mRNA inside the cell.

Source: Department of Health

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Do Covid-19 vaccines cause infertility?

There is no scientific evidence to support this.

The TGA will not approve a vaccine for use in Australia unless it is safe and effective. This includes impacts on fertility.

The theory that Covid-19 vaccines cause infertility is based on the disproven idea that one of the spike proteins in Covid-19 and the Syncytin-1 protein (which help placenta development) are the same. They are not.

The Covid-19 vaccine, like other vaccines, works by training our bodies to develop antibodies to fight against the virus that causes Covid-19, to prevent future illness.

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There is currently no evidence that antibodies formed from Covid-19 vaccination cause any problems with pregnancy, including the development of the placenta.

In addition, there is no evidence suggesting that fertility problems are a side effect of any vaccine.

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People who are trying to become pregnant now or who plan to try in the future may receive the Covid-19 vaccine when it becomes available to them.

Source: Department of Health

Can Covid-19 vaccines give you Covid-19?

None of the approved vaccines in Australia contain the live virus. This means they cannot give you Covid-19.

Some of the side effects from Covid-19 vaccinations, such as fever and fatigue can mimic the symptoms of Covid-19.

These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building protection against the virus that causes Covid-19.

Source: Department of Health

If the vaccine is safe, why can't kids have it?

So far there are limited clinical trial results showing that the vaccines are effective and safe in children.

There are plans for clinical trials with children underway. To date there is no evidence to indicate that in the future children should not be able to receive both of these vaccines.

Source: Department of Health

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