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The extreme measures that Australia imposed upon their citizens throughout the COVID pandemic have earned the admiration of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates who is already making plans for the “next pandemic.”
While attending the annual Munich Security Conference, Gates spoke favorably about the measures that Australia took, CNBC reported. “They orchestrated diagnostics, they executed quarantine policies, and they have a death rate in a different league than other rich countries.”
Bill Gates: 'If every country does what Australia did,' the world could prevent the next pandemic https://t.co/VXHZFtD93T
— CNBC (@CNBC) February 25, 2022
“And everybody had the capability to do that,” Gates added of the policies that he considers the gold standard. Gates also said of utilizing the Australian example, “If every country does what Australia did, then you wouldn’t be calling [the next outbreak] a pandemic.”
To recap for those unfamiliar with the draconian policies implemented down under, the country routinely shut down the border throughout the pandemic, restricted travel outside of a limited radius from one’s home and detained citizens in quarantine camps using the military as enforcement against civil protests.
I’ll take my chances and my freedom
— The Self Educated Economist (@self_economist) February 25, 2022
Close our borders for 2 years…and arrest people for violating mask mandates…yea sounds like a great idea 💀💀💀
— Mark F (@PSUbossman) February 25, 2022
I’m Australian and until very recently it was impossible to go home.
— Sean (@switterred) February 26, 2022
Additionally, the Australian government took extensive measures to further segregate members of the population who were deemed unvaccinated against COVID instituting lockdowns specific to them.
“Work is not a reason to leave the home for the unvaccinated,” Chief Minister Michael Gunner said in January. “The Chief Health Officer has also determined that restrictions of movement is critical right now and that one hour of exercise for the next four days is not essential.”
The “fully vaccinated” remained free to “go about their lives” so long as they continued to comply with all other mandates.
Glad that every country is not like Australia and nobody else is like Bill Gates
— Alan Brown (@ABFlorida21) February 25, 2022
This is insane. Authoritarianism is seen as a solution to every problem in the eyes of these sick individuals.
— Prince Hasn (@prhasn) February 26, 2022
What exactly did Australia do besides turn into a police state? Or is that what he’s advocating?
— RwB 🇺🇲🇺🇦°|||||||°😁 (@rbacom7) February 26, 2022
As the pandemic is reportedly winding down, has the Australian government backed off on the limits to freedom? No. Australians face up to a year in prison or a $50,000 fine for behaving in an “offensive” manner toward a business that asks for proof of vaccination. Businesses that don’t comply with keeping those deemed unvaccinated out of public spaces face up $250,000 in fines.
These genius people are very dangerous. Especially when they lack the morals that most of us could agree on.
— Jay Cleary (@jaycleary) February 26, 2022
For those who cannot see through this I’m am deeply concerned. He wants control, it’s that simple.
— Arden Renneberg (@arden_renneberg) February 26, 2022
Gates is out of touch with reality. Australia destroyed small businesses, destroyed children’s education and childhood, suffered huge job losses in health, education etc due to mandates, demonised the unvaxxed, destroyed voluntary work (fabric of society here). It was great 🙄
— Melissa (@Mel_bekind) February 26, 2022
And while Gates makes the claim that the death rate for COVID was less in Australia than for other wealthy nations, has he factored in the deaths related to lockdowns.
Numerous warnings were thrown up early on that mental health issues were on the rise when citizens were faced with the unprecedented restrictions imposed on them. Drug overdoses climbed to tragic levels as people struggled to cope. This does not account for other health consequences that developed as a result of missed medical exams and the lasting impact of economic upheaval.
No, thank you. Matter of fact, how about never suggesting that ever again? Thank you.
— James Curran (@CurranWrites) February 25, 2022
Yes. Build internment camps instead of more hospitals or health care capacity.
— Lance Wilkins (@Lance_A_Wilkins) February 26, 2022
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