Former Sunrise host Samantha Armytage has blasted Australian politicians for their reaction to the Covid-19 pandemic and the vaccine rollout.
In a new column for Stellar, the 44-year-old compared the reality of 2021 to a Hollywood film featuring "deception, grief, conflict, a new reality and, of course, a few hopeless politicians". She added, "Spielberg himself couldn’t have written it better."
Sam wrote that despite drug companies often being considered the "villains" of blockbuster films, they have now "become the heroes".
"We’ve all added words and phrases like 'herd immunity', 'efficacy' and 'booster' to our lexicon, while shaking our heads at anti-vaxxers," she wrote. "Although, I should point out here, most of us are trying to do the right thing and get jabbed."
She added, "We can rest assured that we have a reliable TGA and that most Australians are far smarter than Hollywood, and certainly more intelligent than many who run for politics."
The host joked that once we're all vaccinated we can get back to normal conversations about things like the weather and the stock market.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has previously shared a plan for Australia to live with Covid and end the cycle of lockdowns and border closures.
The plan, which will eventually let Australia manage Covid like the flu, will depend largely on the vaccine rollout, which has been slammed thanks to the very slow pace in comparison with countries such as the USA and England, which are largely open for travel.
It comes as NSW records another 98 locally acquired cases, with 20 people infectious in the community.
People living in Greater Sydney and surrounding regions are now in the fourth week of a lockdown after the government imposed a raft of new restrictions.
They include the ban on all construction work, the closure of non-essential retail outlets, not including supermarkets, pharmacies, banks and liquor stores.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said two-thirds of the new cases were identified in southwest Sydney and the coronavirus is transmitting most commonly in people visiting other households.
She added the second-highest transfer of Covid was in workplaces.
“That is why we have put those rules around workplaces, in particular, that is why we have had to ask some businesses to down tools until July 30," she said.
"Workplaces unfortunately not only spread the virus to colleagues but potentially spread the virus to other communities because people from different areas are coming together at a workplace."
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