• Will we need a fourth shot for COVID?

    Emi Berry     |      February 24, 2022

    While coronavirus has fallen from the headlines of late, the pandemic continues to claim lives around Australia and the rest of the world. Will COVID vaccinations become an annual event, or have we had enough shots to last us a lifetime?

  • What’s next after omicron?

    Vinod Balasubramaniam     |      February 3, 2022

    Omicron has had a huge impact on Australia in a matter of weeks – but while we are still grappling with this variant – should we be planning for the next variant – or the one after that?

  • A royal commission for COVID?

    Michelle Grattan     |      January 28, 2022

    A royal commission would not detract from Australia’s undoubted successes in dealing with COVID but would put us in a better position to confront a future wave or new pandemic.

  • Australia’s COVID performance flatters to deceive

    Tom Westland     |      January 23, 2022

    Australia managed the COVID-19 crisis better than many other countries, but there are still too many instances where policies and responses appeared ad hoc or unintelligible, driving up costs, illnesses and deaths.

  • Lies, damned lies and COVID statistics

    Richard Holden     |      January 22, 2022

    Rather than deal in ‘pleasing’ platitudes, federal and state governments should tell us everything they know about COVID infections, hospitalisations and deaths. So why don’t they?

  • Controlling COVID in 2022

    Vinod Balasubramaniam     |      January 18, 2022

    Australia and the rest of the world have the tools and knowledge to finally get the COVID epidemic under control in 2022.

  • Riding the big wave

    Adrian Esterman     |      January 15, 2022

    Modelling used by the NSW government suggests up to half the state’s population will contract omicron in the present wave, so what figures should we follow to show when the worst is over?

  • Australia stumbles through omicron

    Michelle Grattan     |      January 15, 2022

    Politicians across the country have been hit for six by the speed and severity of the Omicron outbreak, and hopeful rhetoric has proved no substitute for proper preparations and effective measures.

  • Time for a U turn on COVID?

    Open Forum     |      January 11, 2022

    OzSAGE experts have called on Australian governments to tackle the current COVID crisis by delaying the return to face-to-face schooling, and reinstating necessary infection mitigations and financial supports.

  • Covid booms as Christmas looms

    Open Forum     |      December 22, 2021

    With Christmas just days away, COVID-19 cases are hitting never before seen peaks across the country while restrictions are easing in many parts of the country. In this extended article, Australian experts comment on the current situation and what we can do to stay safe this holiday season.

  • Updating vaccines for omicron

    Open Forum     |      December 5, 2021

    How can scientists update coronavirus vaccines for the new omicron variant? A microbiologist answers 5 questions about how Moderna and Pfizer could rapidly adjust their mRNA vaccines.

  • Ominous Omicron

    Open Forum     |      November 28, 2021

    Just as the pandemic seemed to be over, a new variant has emerged from South Africa to spark a wave of concern and new travel restrictions around the world.