Post by JohnO Post by James Christophers Post by Crash Post by JohnO
Testing of border workers, supply of PPE, availability of vaccines, progress of rollout... it is one lie after another.
Seems that St Ashley, like St Jacinda, is made of teflon.
That's because the failures are in delivery (DHBs) which the MOH has
only indirect control of. That has always been a problem, introduced
when a Labour government replaced Crown Health Authorities with DHBs,
and the proposed reforms will deal with.
Availability of vaccines is beyond our control, regardless of which
vaccine we use.
Exactly, Crash, and thank you.
"COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said it all depends on Pfizer's deliveries."
So that's it. You've been told in plain language, the lot of you, but here it is once again for the slow learners around here: It's down to Pfizer itself and/or its downstream delivery operations and operators. We receive solely as their decisions, actions and conditions dictate.
Good enough for me. As for the side-issue minutiae of whatever some minister, opposition spokesman or Covid-response official has said or not said, I couldn't give a tinker's cuss.
I recommend you all do likewise.
The problem is: the government shot its mouth off, promising availability of vaccine, before they had secured supply. That Pfizer can't deliver does not excuse the government for promising something when they had no idea whether it would be available.
You didn't read above, JohnO - no such promise was made. They have
been open about the plans, and it has been clear that there were
always going to be some uncertainties. As it is, we have so far had
deliveries in accordance with the indications from Pfizer, but we
cannot guarantee that. For example Pfizer will be under pressure to
divert shipments to India (and New Zealand and Australia and other
countires under pressure to allow orders to be deferred to facilitate
that). We are not out of trouble until the world has Covid-19 under
control - and now we see that Victoria is again having problems.
Post by JohnO
Now the soft-headed may give them the benefit of the doubt... but that is foolish given the repeated lies: "there is plenty of PPE", "all MIQ workers are tested", "People exiting MIQ stays are tested", "We are at the head of the queue for vaccines", "Groups 1-3 will all be vaccinated by July" and so on. It will never end because the incompetence is lead by the ministry and therefore by the minister.
Thank goodness that we had the government we did have - they were
right to go hard and go quickly into lockdown, and also right to be
more positive about the outcome than many thought was justified by
events overseas where governments put trade before lives. At various
times our National party opposition were sreaming for restrictions to
bereleased, to follow Australia, to follow Sweden, to follow the UK,
to follow the USA - thankfully their shtrong advice was not followed,
and they are now regarded as largely irrelevant - ACT were more subtle
and balanced - they had less to lose, and have gained considerable
support by not being as rabid . . ..
Much of that can be put down to leadership - for example see
In the USA the Republicans are having trouble letting go support for
Trump, just as here the Nats are having trouble finding an alternative