• Australia can step up as a vaccine manufacturer

    Open Forum     |      April 25, 2022

    Australia “could and should” set itself up to supply not only itself but the region with all future vaccine
    and essential drug needs, according to the authors of a Perspective published by the Medical Journal of Australia.

  • Planet vaccine

    Adrian Walsh     |      December 22, 2021

    In the developing world, in many instances, there are simply not enough vaccine shots available to vaccinate everyone. Wealthy nations have a moral obligation to developing countries to ensure they have access to vaccines.

  • 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.

  • Opening up at 80% vaccinations may come with a price

    Open Forum     |      September 1, 2021

    A team modelling the reduction of COVID-19 restrictions after 80 per cent of the adult population is vaccinated is warning that threshold is not high enough, in contrast to the Doherty model the government’s vaccination targets are based on.

  • Vaccine thresholds raise the danger of repeating past mistakes

    Richard Holden     |      August 28, 2021

    Australia could again fall into the trap of false economies by opening up too soon when vaccine rates hit 70 or 80% and allowing the COVID vaccine to run rampant.

  • ‘Nudging’ people to get vaccinated

    Meg Elkins     |      August 16, 2021

    Too much of our discussion about vaccine hesitancy has been imagining the problem in rational terms, but perceptions about COVID-19 and vaccines are driven by emotion, not reason and the more we factor that emotion in, the better our responses will be.

  • Vaccine passports v mandatory jabs

    Open Forum     |      August 15, 2021

    As the nation proceeds – but still at an agonisingly slow pace – towards the targets of having 70% and 80% of those 16 and over fully vaccinated, the next big debate is about making the jab compulsory in workplaces.

  • 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?

  • May cause side effects

    Diane Nazaroff     |      June 2, 2021

    A UNSW researcher says a positive social media campaign could help to counter misinformation and fears about COVID vaccine side effects and boost vaccination uptake.

  • Growing public support for compulsory vaccines

    David Smith     |      May 12, 2021

    New research has found widespread support among Australians for mandating COVID-19 vaccinations to protect vulnerable populations and speed the return to normality.

  • Australia’s bungled vaccine roll-out

    Stephen Duckett     |      April 4, 2021

    While Australia has done relatively well in containing the pandemic, the nation’s vaccine roll-out has lagged well behind the efforts of other countries.

  • The QAnon threat to Australia’s vaccine rollout

    Sam Williamson     |      February 10, 2021

    Australian QAnon followers have blended the original claims relating to satanic government cannibals and their imminent arrest with other discredited conspiracy theories, such as that 5G technology spreads coronavirus and that the global pandemic has been an orchestrated event.