"Faxathon" and the plane wanted: Australia and New Zealand retaliate vaccination

“Faxathon” and the plane wanted: Australia and New Zealand retaliate vaccination

Normal life slowly resumes its course. Last week, Sydney residents emerged from nearly four months of strict containment, which was decreed in Australia’s largest city to prevent the Covid-19 epidemic – spurred by the… alternate delta. It has long been seen as a model for managing an epidemic, Australia has experienced a strong rebound in the epidemic since the beginning of last summer And notes the delay in the vaccination component. By early May, Israel had already given at least one dose to more than 60% of its population and the United States to more than 40%. Meanwhile, Australia was struggling to reach 10%. While the screed of bullet cracks, the giant of Oceania grafts on to take revenge in order to catch up with other Western nations, such as New Zealand who dosed 2.5% of its population on Saturday alone.

Australians are effective: while 50% of the population took at least one dose in early September, 70% are now at this point. Currently, 54% of the population has a full vaccination schedule – up from 30% in early September. Just a few months ago Australia had the lowest rate of fully immunized people in the OECD. In NSW, 91.1% of people over 16 years of age had received at least one dose by 14 October and 76.5% were fully immune. In Victoria these figures are 86.7% and 61.5%. The capital – Canberra – is also doing well: 98% of people over 12 have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, and 75.9% get both. With a population of 395,000, it is on track to become the most Covid-19-immunized city in the world and authorities expect nearly all eligible residents to be vaccinated by the end of November.

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In northern Australia, vaccination has become compulsory for dozens of professional categories (treasurers, hairdressers, etc.). Concerned about the low rate of immunization against Covid-19 among certain segments of the population, the Premier of this province, Michael Gunner, declared that “anyone who works in contact with the public should be vaccinated.” The area is vast as it stretches from the city of Darwin to the hinterland of Alice Springs and Uluru. Several initiatives aimed at accelerating the vaccination campaign began last February – three months after France. Issue topic: Supply problems and government failures. While eradication of the virus now seems highly unlikely, authorities are now betting everything on vaccination. And they are not alone.

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A plane turned into a vaccination center

In a similar dynamic, the New Zealand government is using several strategies and tools in an effort to vaccinate the last 20% of its eligible population against Covid-19. In mid-August, the country faced a resurgence of the epidemic which highlighted the low vaccination rate. At the time, only 23% of New Zealand’s five million residents had a full vaccination schedule, the lowest rate among the 38 members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Like Australia, New Zealand gave up Zero Covid strategy With the increase in the number of cases. Thursday, October 14, the country recorded 71 cases of COVID-19 in 24 hours, a record for six months in the country.

This week, the government expected the number of cases to reach about 140 per day by the end of the month. So the government, led by Jacinda Ardern, has embarked on a race against time to increase the vaccination rate. And the strength of New Zealand does not lack imagination. The national airline, Air New Zealand, announced this week that it will convert the 787 Dreamliner into a new vaccination clinic. “People will go up through the front door to business class, where they will get a dose of the vaccine Pfizer In an arm of their choice,” the airline said in a statement. On Saturday, October 16, the Prime Minister launched a “Super Saturday” for vaccinations that have proven successful: more than 2.5% of the population responded to the call. To sting in one day.

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Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, set an ambitious goal of delivering 100,000 injections per day, aiming to push vaccination rates toward its 90% goal — by mid-October, 70% of the population had received at least one dose. In order to make the vaccination campaign more attractive, celebrities such as director Taika Waititi, singers Lorde and Marlon Williams, as well as the All Blacks rugby team were invited to promote the event. And the New Zealand government does not hesitate to play on people’s love for fast food. In Hamilton, McDonald’s customers can take advantage of a special offer: a shot of Pfizer with a burger. In Christchurch, vaccinated candidates are offered fish and chips at food trucks.



Robin Rivaton, essayist, and member of the Scientific and Evaluation Board of the Foundation for Political Innovation (Fondapol).Written by Robin Ryvaton


David Paveries is an investor based in Hong Kong since 2011. He is the author of "China-Europe: The Great Turning Point" (Le Passeur Editeur, 2021).By David Paveries


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