THE AGE reported an information sheet published by the Federal government “to help the public weigh up their personal risks estimates” on Astra Zeneca the article said.
“that 100,000 doses of the vaccine would prevent 21 deaths among those aged in their 70s, for fewer than two cases of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia.
For those in their 60s, three deaths would be prevented for 1.4 cases of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia (which has a local fatality rate of about 3 per cent).”
So, how many people are going to die? Twenty one In the a hundred thousand? Or is it just two? There’s a big difference and this description doesn’t make it clear. The confusion arises with the 21 deaths for fewer than two cases of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia which is pretty much incomprehensible.
The problem is compounded in the second paragraph where the figures are different there is more confusion with 1.4 cases and a local fatality rate of 3% and the number of doses not being mentioned as it is the previous paragraph.
It would be better not print this kind of material because it undermines what little public confidence remains not cast in the media but in the public health and Government.