• Understanding Australia’s vaccine debacle

    James Walter     |      July 25, 2021

    Is the Morrison government’s COVID vaccination rollout program one of Australia’s biggest ever public policy failures?

  • It is a race, and we’re falling behind

    Open Forum     |      July 24, 2021

    Like the Olympics, Australia’s fight against the virus is a competition, and we’re starting to fall badly behind, not least in terms of vaccinations.

  • Is the cure worse than the disease?

    Open Forum     |      July 21, 2021

    Lockdowns are tough on our health, but a COVID-19 outbreak would be worse, according to Aussie and international researchers who reviewed pandemic response in countries with and without lockdowns.

  • Australian COVID-19 research review reveals gaps in collaboration

    Open Forum     |      July 19, 2021

    Researchers are calling for improved national coordination of Australian COVID-19 trials, after analysis of efforts in 2020 found a lack of data sharing and collaboration left crucial research gaps.

  • Time for ‘stage 4’ in Sydney?

    Open Forum     |      July 14, 2021

    New modelling developed by the Burnet Institute suggests that stricter Stage 4 restrictions, similar to those introduced in Victoria’s second wave in 2020, will be needed to control Sydney’s current outbreak.

  • Restoring public trust in the fight against COVID

    Mark Evans     |      July 13, 2021

    Australia remains locked down with a stalled vaccine rollout, while the US, UK and other countries are opening up, and public trust in the government is eroding.

  • The COVID blame game

    Jason Thompson     |      July 11, 2021

    The term ‘living with COVID’ heralds a transition that may ultimately see blame for cases, illness, deaths and economic damage shifted away from Government and onto the individual.

  • Living with COVID-19?

    Rosemary Calder     |      July 9, 2021

    Sydney has been plunged into a tighter, and potentially longer lock-down to curb the spread of the Delta variant, but in the long term vaccinations will allow us to accept COVID as another endemic disease.

  • Do lockdowns save lives?

    Richard Holden     |      July 3, 2021

    The argument for city-wide lockdowns rests on the lives saved outweighing the social and economic costs, and studies which dispute their efficacy should be grounded in sound methodology.

  • Indonesia needs help to fight COVID-19

    David Engel     |      July 3, 2021

    As millions of Australians emerge from lockdowns to curb a relatively minor surge in Covid-19, Canberra should spare a thought for the much greater crisis unfolding in Indonesia.

  • Australia on the brink

    Michelle Grattan     |      June 28, 2021

    Australia seemed to have coronavirus well contained, but a spate of recent outbreaks risk plunging the country into another round of lockdowns and restrictions.

  • Responsible reporting on vaccine hesitancy

    Heather Green     |      June 23, 2021

    Media reports on Australians’ attitudes to vaccinations should emphasise that most people intend to be vaccinated, rather than hype up the fears of a small minority.