Mr Rudd was stung by a bee (at least it looks that way)
But he’s still the toolbag we know and loved to vote out.
President Trump's attack on the World Health Organisation is an attempt to take attention away from his lack of domestic preparedness in the US. This is damaging, despite WHO failings, given what’s still to come with this virus. pic.twitter.com/Ywe1EAIlRX
— Kevin Rudd (@MrKRudd) April 15, 2020
Rudd said the WHO was issuing warnings in January. He’s right. Here’s one of those statements:
But here’s the scary thing – a coronavirus expert in the WHO knew China was lying:
“Right from the start, from the first notification we received on the 31st of December, given that this was a cluster of pneumonia — I’m a MERS specialist, so my background is in coronaviruses and influenza — so immediately thought, given that this is a respiratory pathogen, that of course there may be human-to-human transmission,” Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove said Monday during a WHO press briefing.
The WHO also cautioned against travel bans saying they are ineffective. On 29 February the WHO advised:
WHO continues to advise against the application of travel or trade restrictions to countries experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks.
In general, evidence shows that restricting the movement of people and goods during public health emergencies is ineffective in most situations and may divert resources from other interventions. Furthermore, restrictions may interrupt needed aid and technical support, may disrupt businesses, and may have negative social and economic effects on the affected countries. However, in certain circumstances, measures that restrict the movement of people may prove temporarily useful, such as in settings with few international connections and limited response capacities.
COVID-19 – the Wuhan Flu – originated in China. Had travel from China stopped, it might have been contained. No?
Look at where Australia’s infections come from. As of yesterday (15 April) at 3:00 pm::
So to break it down:
- 64.2 per cent of cases were acquired overseas.
- 24.8 per cent were acquired locally (from someone who travelled – where else could it have come from?)
- 9.8 per cent are unknown.
- 1.2 per cent are still being investigated.
But the WHO thought as late as 29 February that a travel ban was ineffective.
For the record, Trump announced a travel ban on 31 January.
And if you want to know why the WHO is so pro-China, have a read of this from The Blaze via The Daily Caller.
The US and Japan have had enough of China
The same day Japan announced that it would spend upwards of $2.2 billion to get its corporations out of China and either back home or spread throughout southeast Asia, White House National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow said the U.S. should “pay the moving costs” of every American company that wants out of China.
“I would say, 100 percent immediate expensing across the board for plant, equipment, intellectual property, structures, renovations… In other words, if we had 100 percent immediate expensing, we would literally — literally pay the moving costs of American companies,” Kudlow said on the FOX Business Network’s America Works Together Town Hall which aired on Thursday.
The Japanese government announced that it would provide direct loans 220 billion yen ($2 billion) for companies shifting production back to Japan and 23.5 billion yen for those seeking to move production to other countries, according to details of the plan posted online.
Yesterday we slammed TraceTogether … and we were right!
This is the video put out by the Government of Singapore.
Here’s the problem – it’s a lagging indicator. It doesn’t provide peace of mind, it tells you if you’ve been near someone with COBID-19 once they’ve been confirmed as having it. By that stage, you probably have the symptoms as well.
It’s like a dashcam. It doesn’t prevent an accident but you get to see who hit you:
And if you needed more evidence this is a crap idea, the Herald is right behind it:
Privacy advocates are already fanning fears about a government-run app having so much data about daily movements. On social media they have raised an alarm after the news Google and Apple are developing another contact tracing app in the US. The fear is that these tech giants already control the data of billions of people.
Yet Australians have accepted a lot of other extraordinary things in the past month and the Herald believes Mr Morison should press ahead.
Those extraordinary measures are meant to be temporary.