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According to Australian Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, fans who expressed displeasure during the Australian Open tennis tournament’s Sunday final at the awards ceremony voiced their displeasure at the mention of the covid vaccination program, according to Australian Deputy Prime Minister. The global vaccination program was mentioned at the awards ceremony by the leaders of the Australian Tennis Association, which, given that the competition was held amid a pandemic with strict quarantine measures, was not exceptionally strange.
However, quite a few fans didn’t like it, and it was expressed with giggles and whistles. They also whistled when the awards ceremony praised the provincial government, which ordered a five-day lockout in the state last week over some illnesses.
McCormack spoke Monday, the day after the final, that he doesn’t usually like to run at a sporting event, but he doesn’t understand that they were protesting the vaccination. “This vaccine could help our country return to some pre-covid normality,” he said.
In Australia, by the way, vaccination will only start this week, and sixty thousand front-line health workers this week can be vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine. In addition, the vaccination of AstraZeneca has been approved in the country. And while government surveys say nearly two-thirds of Australians would certainly be vaccinated and only a quarter insecure, a loud dwarf minority of anti-vaccinators held several public protests over the weekend. Critics of the government said the slow launch of the vaccination program may have contributed to public uncertainty. The government said the delay was justified because all elements of the vaccination program were to be approved by the Australian authorities. In addition, the disease is not very widespread in Australia at the moment, so the government says nothing would have justified the rush. (Via BBC)
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