Posts Tagged ‘COVID-19’

COVID-19 vaccine doesn’t cause infertility, but the disease might

Thursday, October 21st, 2021
Covid vaccine does not cause infertility

Worries that the COVID-19 vaccine could cause infertility are among the reasons people give for avoiding vaccination. While there’s no evidence any of the COVID-19 vaccines cause problems with fertility, becoming severely ill from the disease has the potential to do so, reproduction experts say, making vaccination all the more important. “There is evidence to Read more

Māori and Pacific health endangered by anti-vax church leaders

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

A health leader has blasted anti-vax church leaders for spreading harmful messages. Māori and Pacific health executive director Hector Matthews made his views clear at a hui discussing Māori vaccination efforts. The hui in Ōtautahi (Christchurch) included Māori health agencies, the Associate Health Minister Peeni Henare and other government officials on Tuesday. Matthews said some Read more

COVID has disrupted big cities’ regional planning has to catch up fast

Thursday, October 7th, 2021

Since the 1950s, the world has experienced a six-fold increase in the number of people living in cities. City dwellers now outnumber rural residents globally and in many individual countries. But the COVID-19 pandemic has begun to disrupt the trajectory, scale and form of urbanisation. Cities, by virtue of their size, have recorded more deaths Read more

Dew seeks clarity on 100 person limit, stops short of vaccine mandate

Thursday, October 7th, 2021

The Archbishop of Wellington, Cardinal John Dew has a dual concern, people’s safety and respecting the wish of some to return to Mass. In a letter, Tuesday, to priests and lay pastoral leaders, Dew approved the celebration of weekday Masses. He also says the archdiocese is seeking to clarify whether the lifting of the 100-person Read more

Vatican’s Academy for Life takes on vaccine sceptics

Monday, October 4th, 2021
Crisis magazine

Last week, three events involving the Catholic Church may have caught the attention of vaccine sceptics. One event concerned prominent Catholic leader and vaccine sceptic, US Cardinal Raymond Burke. He admitted he’s still having breathing difficulties after being hospitalised for COVID-19. Another involved a decree formalising the Vatican’s decision regarding its employees. Secretary of State Read more

Coming out of Coronavirus

Thursday, September 30th, 2021
Coming out of Coronavirus

As restrictions drag on and the number of infections rises, more Australians are asking when lockdowns can cease. Federal politicians and business leaders have argued the case for a quick ending while claiming the authority of scientists. Science being science, the relevant questions have been tied to numbers. They have asked: How few cases should Read more

Covid-19 may stay with us forever

Thursday, September 30th, 2021
Covid-19 may stay with us

In mid-September, the director of the Wellcome Trust, Jeremy Farrar, suggested that Covid-19 was here to stay. “I think that politicians across the world are sort of pretending you can have your cake and eat it,” Farrar told the German podcast Pandemia. “(They’re claiming that) You can have zero deaths, no control measures, vaccinate if Read more

Cardinal Burke: Steady but slow

Thursday, September 30th, 2021
Cardinal Burke

Controversial vaccine denier Cardinal Raymond Burke describes his recovery from COVID as ‘steady but slow’. In a letter to his followers who are praying for him, Burke says he is experiencing difficulty in recovering from Covid-19 and is challenged to regain certain fundamental physical skills for daily living; among them, he lists general fatigue and Read more

Epidemiologists and unexpected lessons

Monday, September 20th, 2021

A striking feature of Australia’s path through the Coronavirus has been the coming out of epidemiologists and social biologists. From being little known members of small institutes they became rock stars, invited to press conferences, deferred to by politicians, selectively chosen for comment by the media, but also resented by representatives of big business and Read more

Questions surround conscientious exemption from Covid vaccination

Thursday, September 16th, 2021
conscientious exemption

Australian Archbishop of Tasmania, Julian Porteous, is requesting a conscientious exemption to a Covid public health directive for a small group of priests. Porteous has written to Tasmania’s health minister, Jeremy Rockliff asking for the exemption. He says he is “obligated to respect the decision of those members of the clergy who have a conscientious Read more