PM has dealt with the ‘sorry’ question. It might be harder to put the ATAGI questions to rest

pm has dealt with the sorry question it might be harder to put the atagi questions to rest

Sumary of PM has dealt with the ‘sorry’ question. It might be harder to put the ATAGI questions to rest:

  • A paper by the Kirby Institute’s Raina MacIntyre and other authors published in this month’s issue of the international journal Vaccine reported their “risk-benefit analysis for Australians aged 18–59”, comparing the risk of AZ vaccination with the risk of COVID infection.
  • The authors concluded: “In Australia, the potential risks of the AZD1222 vaccine in younger adults, who are at low risk of dying from COVID-19, may outweigh the benefits”.
  • The article also said: “The latest policy decision to avoid use of this vaccine in adults <
  • 60 years in Australia is entirely consistent with past vaccine risk–benefit policy decisions when rare but serious adverse events were identified”.
  • That was the same day ATAGI advised against AZ for under 50s, with the government announcing this at a hastily-called night news conference.
  • Certainly we know ATAGI’s advice (and the debate it prompted) contributed to vaccine hesitancy including among those for whom AZ is most appropriate – older people – and this is very unfortunate.
  • LoadingAt his Thursday news conference, Morrison tried to re-spin his pressure on ATAGI.
  • In the Australian Financial Review two economists, Ashley Craig and Matthew Lilley, have criticised ATAGI for not building into its recommendations social benefits versus risks.

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