Saturday 4th of December 2021

national security secret bullshit makes big pharma rich and democracy worse off...


The Australian government's entire vaccine supply agreement with AstraZeneca is being withheld from the public on the grounds that it would pose a "real and substantial risk" to national security if it were released.

Key points:
  • Under Australia's initial vaccine plan, 50 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine were to be manufactured locally under a deal struck with the international pharmaceutical company 
  • Other countries such as the UK and the US have released substantial parts of their contracts with AstraZeneca
  • 7.30 was refused access to Australia's contract on the grounds of national security concerns 

Australia's vaccine rollout faced one of its most difficult weeks last week, as many states across the country re-entered lockdown and tension between the states and federal government grew over vaccine supply issues and debates over the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The AstraZeneca vaccine was relied on heavily as part of Australia's initial vaccine plan, with plans for 50 million doses to be manufactured locally under a deal struck with the international pharmaceutical company. The total value of Australia's five vaccine deals is more than $5 billion in taxpayer funds.

But much about the deal with AstraZeneca is unknown.

While the government has published a letter of intent, the contract with the organisation — which is likely to amount to more than $1 billion of taxpayer funds — has never been released.

When 7.30 sought the contract under Freedom of Information laws, it was refused access to the contract in full. One of the grounds for denying access was because it could damage Australia's national security.


An assistant secretary with the COVID-19 Vaccine Taskforce in the Department of Health wrote that there would be a "real and substantial risk to national security" if the contract were released.

"I consider the particular damage to the security of the Commonwealth to be the fact that disclosure of the information could provide insight into the unique arrangements for the manufacture and supply of the COVID-19 vaccine," the assistant secretary wrote.

"Releasing the information in [the contract] would have the effect of signalling to other countries the terms agreed between the Commonwealth and AstraZeneca.

"The integrity and efficacy of the arrangements to manufacture and supply the vaccine may be compromised and thereby pose a threat to the national security of the Commonwealth if those terms were published."


National security 'best served by building public trust'

Gavin Hayman, the executive director of global advocacy group Open Contracting, said Australia's blanket suppression of the deal was striking and at odds with other nations.

"There is no merit in using a national security argument for keeping the vaccine contract hidden from public sight," he said.

"In fact, national security is best served by building public trust in the entire vaccination program. We think publishing the contract with a clear explanation of its key terms can contribute to that."


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AUD113.7 per jab...

This is my Gustimate: each jab cost the government 113.7 Australian dollars... Say 55 dollars to the manufacturers of the jabs, 50 cents per vial to the manufacturers of the little bottles, 30 dollars per jabs as per Medicare standard visit to a GP or a facility with tents and 14.5 dollars for the outdoor security guards... As well we should add $13,7 per jab to pay the lawyers and guards of the National Security Interest bullshit...


Some accountants might come up with a bigger cost.



not giving the clap...

On 22 September 2021, President Joe Biden held a virtual Global Summit on Covid-19 on the sidelines of the 76th United Nations General Assembly.

He had predicted the presence of at least 100 states and 100 organizations. In fact, only a handful of developed countries allied to the United States plus a number of assorted organizations showed up.

President Biden has pledged to distribute an additional 500 million doses of vaccines to ensure that 70% of the population in every country is fully vaccinated.

The announcement is baffling considering that Washington did not fulfill its earlier promise to deliver 160 million doses on time, and that the price of these vaccines has since skyrocketed. It is therefore not clear how he intends to finance this effort, having failed to do so when it was much cheaper. Often, in those countries that cannot afford to pay for these products, less than 1% of the population has been vaccinated. It will therefore be particularly difficult for them to fight against the pandemic if they stay on this course.

The massive absence at this summit of countries that should be the primary beneficiaries of this program speaks volumes about their mistrust of both US commitments and the vaccine strategy. Many have already turned to Russia and China for other solutions, especially knowing that, at home, the all-out vaccine strategy championed by the United States has yielded catastrophic results, with deaths per million people over 25 times higher than in China.

This is the first time that a meeting organized by the United States to hand out donations has been boycotted by potential recipients.


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