‘Come on’: Queensland CHO fires back after being quizzed on COVID deaths

Queensland's Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young has fired back at reporters after being questioned over "what level of death" from COVID-19 she would be comfortable with to open up the state.

The Queensland Government has been vocal on its reservations to reopening the state to the rest of the country, even once vaccine thresholds have been met.

When asked by reporters how many deaths she would be comfortable with in order to get to "COVID normal", Dr Young did not hold back her disdain for the question.

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"Come on? Can you please remember who I am?" she said.

"I stand up here every day, I went into medicine to save lives.

"I'm not comfortable with any deaths that are preventable so that's why I want every single Queenslander to get vaccinated because that is the best protection.

"You've got me quite upset now. I do not want to see any death of a Queenslander that is preventable."

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It comes as Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she would ask Prime Minister Scott Morrison for "further detailed modelling" to inform the country's domestic re-opening plan.

"It is only fair and reasonable that we have a constructive debate in this country," she said.

"And rather than picking fights and attacks, let's have a decent, educated conversation."

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