• 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.

  • Protect nature to prevent pandemics

    Open Forum     |      November 18, 2021

    COVID-19 has shown the world that human health and environmental health are intricately linked.

  • Australia opens for business

    Tony Blakely     |      October 6, 2021

    Modelling suggests the governments of New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT should have confidence that opening up will be successful.

  • A model failure

    William Bowtell     |      October 5, 2021

    As much as some politicians may wish to deny it, they alone are responsible and accountable to the Australian people for the decisions that have created Australia’s COVID response and will shape its future.

  • Who was protesting in Melbourne?

    Elise Thomas     |      September 26, 2021

    While union leaders and government officials have blamed the Melbourne protests on the ‘far right’, the truth is far more complicated.

  • Wake up sheeple

    Lachlan Gilbert     |      September 24, 2021

    Information may be changing as quickly as the COVID-19 virus mutates, but being open and transparent about it fosters trust and social cohesion despite a flood of misinformation online.

  • This year’s model solves last year’s problem

    John Quiggin     |      September 23, 2021

    The debate over Australia’s “National Plan” to relax restrictions at 70 per cent and 80 per cent vaccination thresholds is often based on outdated assumptions regarding the impact of COVID.

  • Should business encourage vaccinations?

    Kate Bettes     |      September 20, 2021

    As Australia edges closer to the vaccination targets required to open the economy and international borders, big businesses have been stepping up but is it their role to do so?

  • Sydney risks a spike if it opens too quickly

    Raina MacIntyre     |      September 15, 2021

    Balancing the threat to health posed by COVID and the need to re-open a largely vaccinated society is a difficult choice, but new modelling suggests a heavy price will be paid if New South Wales opens too quickly.

  • Holding onto hope

    Alan Petersen     |      September 9, 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic provides a “hopeful moment” – to use a phrase coined by Hirokazu Myazaki – to create opportunities for envisioning alternative futures, ones that are more inclusive and caring, less environmentally destructive, and oriented to fulfilling basic human needs.

  • No ‘Freedom Day’ for Australia just yet

    Open Forum     |      September 8, 2021

    Patchy uptake of COVID-19 vaccines across cities and regions means Australia’s public health measures are likely to continue well into next year, with a leading epidemiologist predicting the country will achieve tolerable disease control by early 2022.