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Billionaire Egomaniac undermines Australia’s vaccination efforts
The Daily Beast / Photo by Stefan Postles / Getty In recent months, Australia – a country that weathered the pandemic far better than the US – with fewer than 30,000 cases and 1,000 deaths – has struggled to vaccinate its citizens and has been struggling against a flood of signs – breakdowns, shipping blockages and devastating floods that forced more than 40,000 people to evacuate their homes. Amid the tense rollout, the country also faced another type of hurdle: an unpredictable billionaire whom the Western Australian Prime Minister dubbed an “Olympic-scale narcissist,” whose political ambitions, immense resources and faulty understanding of science helped launch an aggressive campaign to undermine public confidence in the shots. Clive Palmer, an Australian mining magnate valued at an estimated $ 3.8 billion, has been circulating anti-Vaxx flyers and misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine on his home continent and major countries in the past few weeks, according to Forbes “We saw Clive Palmer advertise in The Western Australian – the main newspaper here in Western Australia – about six weeks ago,” Rep. Patrick Gorman publicly criticized Palmer’s anti-Vaxx efforts, The Daily Beast told. “[These were] Front page ads, full-page open letters questioning vaccine effectiveness in general, which would cost it – per day – on the order of $ 20,000 or more. “Palmer, a man who once tried to create an exact replica of vaccines The Titanic, dubbed the Titanic II just to get off the ship before its maiden voyage, has a reputation in Australia as a villain-sized antagonist. In August, after the businessman filed a lawsuit against the Western Australian state government over mining contracts, a newspaper threw his head at Dr. Evil from Austin Powers and ran it under the heading “$ 30 BIIIIILLION” – a reference to the character’s catchphrase and the amount Palmer has sought in damages. The next day they did it again; This time Palmer’s head was on a cane toad. The headline was “PEST”. Your message may not have landed. On Sunday, the former MP shared a graphic of the flyer on his Facebook page. Headed “COVID-19 VACCINE CONCERNS” and addressed to “Men and Women of Australia”, the yellow document with the warning tape outlined Palmer’s personal fear of the vaccine, even though he has no medical training. The signed statement – which also ran as a full-page ad in Murdoch’s own newspaper The Australian in March – including several lies already exposed by the country’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). In particular, Palmer referred to the approval of the vaccine for the general population by the Australian government for “emergency use”. While other countries, including the US and UK, have protocols for Emergency Use Authorizations – a legal agency that allows them to distribute unapproved treatments when medically required – there is no specific authorization for the TGA Vaccines granted; They’re still under review in a six-step process that also applies to all other vaccines in the country. While the administration has committed to an expedited schedule, it says it’s not about skipping steps or relaxing standards. For this reason, only the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines have been approved, and only for the first stage, which they refer to as “provisional”. “The Therapeutic Goods Administration has tentatively approved these vaccines after fully evaluating all available data,” the department wrote in a statement on its website. “No part of the process has been rushed, and no emergency clearances have been issued. The TGA does not have an Emergency Use Authorization path for COVID-19 vaccines. “(The TGA, which did not respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment, issued a warning last week not to distribute the Astra-Zeneca vaccine to those under 50 for two cases of blood clots.) Elsewhere in the In flyers, Palmer referred two Australians who became “sick” after an oversized dose of the Pfizer vaccine. While two patients received additional doses of the shock in mid-February, they showed “no signs of a side effect”. Paul Kelly, Australia’s chief medical officer, told Australia 9News that early clinical trials of the Pfizer vaccine had experimented with larger doses up to four times the current recommendation. “During these studies,” said Kelly, “the side effect profile was minimal, especially in the elderly.” (Neither Palmer nor Kelly responded to The Daily Beast’s request for comment.) “It really pissed me off, to be honest Gorman said of the flyers, “because Clive Palmer is someone who has just tried to get involved in national debates for his own business interests or because he has vendettas against various people.” As an example, Gorman referred to the general election in Australia Year 2019, in which Palmer invested around $ 89 million in his own money campaign. That is “well above what any major political party would spend on a national election,” said Gorman, “and his model of injecting money, to boost ego and give out misinformation at the worst possible time is unpatriotic. “-vaxx promotional materials, of which there are multiple versions, have caught the attention of officials f drawn as tall as the prime minister. Prime Minister Scott Morrison attacked the messaging campaign last month as “utter rubbish” and “misinformation, pure and simple”. For Morrison, who publicly backed a Palmer legal challenge against Western Australia that summer, the attacks were a kind of U-turn “hard border” that had been closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The federal government later withdrew its support, which Gorman said had been poorly received by the Western Australian public, in part due to Palmer’s reputation. In response to the case, State Prime Minister McGowan called Palmer “Australia’s greatest egomaniac”. Not long afterwards, Shadow Health Secretary Mark Butler reported the leaflets to the Australian Electoral Commission asking the organization to investigate whether they should be viewed as political communications. Palmer, who had a single term in parliament from 2013 to 2017, founded a political party when he ran with a well-known slogan (“Make Australia Great”). He de-registered the party after leaving office, but reactivated it in 2018 and continues to lead candidates. Butler argued that the flyers were campaign material and should be treated as “official party material”. “The introduction of the COVID vaccine and the government’s response to the pandemic will clearly be major electoral problems ahead of the 2021 or 2022 federal elections,” Butler told Australian news organization ABC News. ” Clive Palmer, so closely associated with the party he founded, spits out misinformation the same way he campaigns. “McGowan and Butler did not respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment. Their allegations came just months after Palmer was charged in July with fraud and corporate misconduct for political advertising for his party. Prosecutors charged Palmer in 2013 diverting around $ 10 million from his own operations to the group (then called Palmer United) who would later pay the bill for a $ 60 million election campaign, and if found guilty, they can Dealing with medical conspiracies is not a new development for Palmer. Since the pandemic began, he’s been running a year-long misinformation campaign against the science and legality of Australia’s coronavirus response. In March 2020, the billionaire announced plans of more than to purchase or manufacture one million doses of hydroxychloroquine – The malaria treatment endorsed by President Trump as a COVID-19 cure, despite a lack of evidence that the drug has any effects on the disease. The lack of evidence didn’t bother Palmer. Over the next month, he bought almost 33 million doses of the drug to be distributed free of charge among Australians. In an infographic titled “The COVID-19 Hydroxychloroquine Story” posted on his foundation’s website, he boasted of plans to “provide resources to fund clinical trials.” The next day, Palmer promoted the move with three full-page ads in major national newspapers – all owned by Murdochs News Corp. Why is the law so obsessed with hydroxychloroquine? The gratuitous use of hydroxychloroquine may pose a hazard to patients who have not been prescribed the drug. The TGA has warned that the drug “has known serious side effects for patients, including cardiac toxicity, possibly leading to sudden heart attacks, irreversible eye damage and severe blood sugar deficiency that may lead to coma”. The TGA later opened an investigation into whether the ads violated its drug advertising rules, according to the Guardian. In 2021, Palmer’s confidence in accelerated medical research appears to have waned, and he switched from promoting faulty drugs to surveying clinical trials. At the Australian branch of ABC News, Australian Medical Association Vice President Chris Moy made a suggestion to Palmer: “Clive, we leave the mining to you and you leave the medicine and the science to us.” The problem is that someone is vaccinating because of them Message that is clearly not based on any particular expertise on his part, ”added Moy. “What happens if you get COVID later or even die later?” He is completely relieved of direct responsibility for it, but to me he is just as responsible as any doctor who does something wrong. Read more at The Daily Beast. Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast Here Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now! Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside Deals in more detail with the stories that are important to you.Learn more.