A New South Wales woman had died after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine.
There had been 79 clotting incidents following 20 million jabs of the vaccine in the UK.
Now there had been three in Australia.
As the federal government looked to ramp up their vaccine rollout the numbers were daunting.
Currently 100,000 Pfizer doses were arriving every week.
That needed to ramp up to 1,500,000 doses a week to meet to all 40 million doses arrive by year’s end. Close to 50 million doses would be needed to vaccinate the whole population.
THe 40 million Pfizer doses of course were only part of 170 million doses we had on order.
It was unlikely we would receive all doses by Christmas but the end goal had to be vaccinating people as quickly as possible. Novavax was still unapproved, delivery numbers of Pfizer was less than ideal and now the AstraZeneca was not the preferred choice for under 50s.
Forty eight year-old Genene Norris of the New South Wales Central Coast had passed away from blood clots having received the AstraZeneca vaccine. On saturday The Therapeutic Goods Administration advised her death was likely linked to the vaccine. She received her jab on the morning of the 8th of April hours before the government changed their policy. She did have underlying health conditions including diabetes.
Her family made a statement, “We cannot believe that this time last week she was with us and now she is gone.”
There were three cases of rare blood clotting following over 900,000 vaccinations in Australia so far.
A woman from Western Australia and a man from Victoria, both in their 40s were now recovering.
“One of the crucial components about vaccine hesitancy, or the opposite vaccine certainty, is about understanding and knowing that if there is bad news, it’s told. That there is openness from people like myself,” he explained.
A recent Oxford University study had pointed out that getting COVID led to an even higher risk of getting blood clotting which Professor Kelly referred.
“The vast majority of our citizens know the benefits of taking a vaccine, they also know the risks, as slight as it is. I turned 50 last year and got the jab and am very excited to get the second one. The vast majority of our citizens want a vaccine, want to get ahead of it,” advised New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian.
There had been 330,000 vaccinations carried out in Australia in the past seven days but anecdotally a Sydney GP told of a halving of his vaccination bookings.
National Cabinet meetings were scheduled to go every two weeks to work through vaccination roll out issues.
On the 18th of April, 2021 the World Health Organisation reported there had been 140,373,652 confirmed cases globally with a daily increase of 835,129.
We reached 3 million deaths worldwide from COVID the same day.
3,005,346 deaths worldwide with a daily increase of 11,858.
In Papua New Guinea there had been 9,738 confirmed cases with a daily increase of 223. There had been 89 deaths with a daily increase of five.
April 15th had marked the highest number of new daily deaths in the country with eleven.
In Australia there had been 29,505 confirmed cases with a daily increase of 21. There had been 910 deaths.
On the 29th of December the last COVID death in Australia had been reported.
April 14th, 2021 marked the first new death from COVID in the country since then.
In Canada there had been 1,106,062 confirmed cases 9,346. There had been 23,541 deaths with a daily increase of 41.
Cases were surging.
A record of new daily cases had been reached in the country on December 28, 2020 with 9,827 cases.
That record was broken on April 13th, 2021 with 9,936 new daily cases and it would be again on the 21st of April, 2021 with 10,275 new cases.
In the United Kingdom there had been 4,385,942 confirmed cases with a daily increase of 2,206. There had been 127,260 deaths with a daily increase of 35.
In Brazil there had been 13,832,455 confirmed cases with a daily increase of 85,774. There had been 368,749 deaths with a daily increase of 3,305.
In India there had been 14,788,109 confirmed cases with a daily increase of 261,500. There had been 177,150 deaths with a daily increase of 1,501.
The next day there were 273,810 new daily confirmed cases.1,619 new reported daily deaths.
Every day was a grim new record.
A week later 349,691 new daily cases and 2,767 deaths.
Every day in between a new record.
In the United States of America there had been 31,250,635 confirmed cases with a daily increase of 73,697. There had been 560858 deaths with a daily increase of 911.
ONE YEAR EARLIER: April 17, 2020
The World Health Organisation reported there had been 2,080,235 confirmed cases with a daily increase of 81,839.
139,507 people had died from COVID-19. The daily increase was 8,473.