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Australia unlikely to fully reopen borders in 2021

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So that is one country already that will drop out of Tokyo Olympic participation.

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"Already airlines have indicated that if you’re not vaccinated you can’t travel overseas and I think that’ll be incentive to a lot of people,"

I do not think airlines have the right to impose that, unless backed up by a law and the government health policy and/or IATA. In my knowledge, requiring mandatory vaccination is a government responsibility, not a private company's one

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Japan must be doing the same thing.

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Get used to the future. Unless you're one of the 1%, the days of flying hither and thither all over the globe are behind us.

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Still have my International Certificates of Vaccination book from the 1970s. It included: cholera, yellow fever, smallpox, meningitis, rabies, typhoid, polio, hepatitis B, and tetanus. Needed it to work and travel abroad with it in those days! Officially issued by a national Ministry of Health and approved by numerous countries and the WHO.

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I thought the point of vaccination was to a/ prevent getting the disease, and b/ prevent spreading the disease. Is this not the case? I have never heard of people who have been vaccinated still being contageous. Nor people who have already had and survived a disease.

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AttilathehungryToday  04:13 pm JST

I thought the point of vaccination was to a/ prevent getting the disease, and b/ prevent spreading the disease. Is this not the case? I have never heard of people who have been vaccinated still being contageous. Nor people who have already had and survived a disease.

COVID-19 is a special disease, and extra-super-dangerous when it suits the interests of some to be so. Just when you think it's going away, back it comes!

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I do not think airlines have the right to impose that, unless backed up by a law and the government health policy and/or IATA. In my knowledge, requiring mandatory vaccination is a government responsibility, not a private company's one

Unvaccinated people are not a protected class, so discriminating against them is completely legal. This means that private companies can, and should, do it all they want.

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I thought the point of vaccination was to a/ prevent getting the disease, and b/ prevent spreading the disease. Is this not the case? I have never heard of people who have been vaccinated still being contageous. Nor people who have already had and survived a disease.

*In general, reinfection means a person was infected (got sick) once, recovered, and then later became infected again. Based on what we know from similar viruses, *some reinfections are expected.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/reinfection.html

More people are getting COVID-19 twice, suggesting immunity wanes quickly in some

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/11/more-people-are-getting-covid-19-twice-suggesting-immunity-wanes-quickly-some

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COVID-19 is a special disease, and extra-super-dangerous when it suits the interests of some to be so. Just when you think it's going away, back it comes!

Do you have any further theories about this conspiracy?

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I know some one who has tested positive in Japan, they were simply told to go home and not leave the house for a week.

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P. SmithToday  04:42 pm JST

COVID-19 is a special disease, and extra-super-dangerous when it suits the interests of some to be so. Just when you think it's going away, back it comes!

Do you have any further theories about this conspiracy?

Can you give any logical reason why Australia should be letting in all these tennis players and officials from COVID hotspots like the US and Europe while preventing Australians who are stuck interstate, where there are hardly any active cases, at their own expense are not allowed to go home? There's; no consistency here. If this virus is so dangerous, why have the borders been opened for the tennis participants? Someone's doing alright out of this, but it's not Victorians needing to get home but prevented from doing so by their own government.

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Only tennis players allowed in

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While the players and officials can be tested and traced, it still ignores the issue about who the government is accountable to: the poor chumps who have no choice but to pay taxes to these leeches, or to some sports body?

Okay, but you didn’t ask who the government is accountable to. Also, the tournament bringing in billions of dollars actually by helps the people.

As much as anything else, this pandemic has highlighted that governments of all persuasions are acting on behalf of special interests, and not for the people they're supposed to represent. 

Only a fool would disagree with this.

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Okay, but you didn’t ask who the government is accountable to.

Shouldn't that be obvious?

I wouldn't have any problem with the tennis players and officials entering if actual residents were allowed home. If they were, everyone wins.

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me and my family have tennis rackets, headbands and all the gear and they won’t let us in, unless we fork out 25k we ain’t ever gettin’ back,so it’s only the rich allowed to enter.

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The tennis players are all in quarantine and the demands that they made have not been granted . They are in quarantine like any other person who has come to Australia.

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BRAVO.

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Shouldn't that be obvious?

Not from someone complaining about a tennis tournament.

I wouldn't have any problem with the tennis players and officials entering if actual residents were allowed home. If they were, everyone wins.

I explained why allowing residents home was more dangerous than letting some tennis players in.

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