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AMA warns against anti-vaxxers and their 'crap ideas'


A senior doctor has called for stronger action to be taken against anti-vaxxers and warned that Queensland’s borders may have to close again if there was a big enough outbreak of COVID-19.


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Australian Medical Association Queensland president Dr Chris Perry said the claims being made by anti-vaxxers was an issue.

“It’s really quite destructive,” he told the parliamentary inquiry to the COVID-19 response.

“They don’t seem to understand what happened in Somoa recently when 60 people died of measles.

“They are really a problem.

“They should be held to account for some really crap ideas.”

He said if the parliament could create stronger laws to prevent the spread of anti-vaxxers’ claims it would be good.

Perry said the Queensland Government’s response to COVID-19 had been very good but he also sided with pharmacists who complained about the lack of personal protective equipment.”

“Hopefully we can have adequate PPE storage,” he said.

“We have to watch social distancing. Borders may need to close again, nightclubs might need to close.

“The hospitality industry have to do the right thing.”

He said people were still “hugging and kissing their 50 best friends.”

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