Author: Nathan Grills

Getting a COVID jab is safer than taking aspirin

For the family of the woman who recently died from a very rare blood clot after her AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination, it’s no comfort that ‘only’ two people have died despite nearly four million doses of AstraZeneca in Australia. But this one-in-two-million risk should reassure everyone else, including the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI). …

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Don’t be that person

Victoria is back in lockdown. Would vaccines have saved Melbourne from this concerning outbreak? Quite possibly. But, despite being eligible, it seems a number of people in the chain of transmission weren’t vaccinated. If they had been, then there’s a good chance they wouldn’t have been infected – thus breaking the chain of transmission. Are …

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Hope in the darkness

The situation in India is dire. I have critically ill friends and colleagues there and I dread every Whatsapp message that brings more news of more critically ill contacts … and worse. Many in Australia will be receiving similar messages from friends and relatives in India, given the country’s large diaspora. India’s healthcare system has …

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COVID-19 and containment: A dual burden for India

Was India’s strategy of imposing a sudden total lockdown in response to COVID-19 really needed? And could an ongoing lockdown actually threaten more lives than the coronavirus itself? Late last month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21 day complete lockdown of the country’s 1.3 billion people. But is this too much too soon? Given …

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