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Australia’s COVID plan was designed before we knew how Delta would hit us …

September 21, 2021 - 12:44 -- Admin

… We need more flexibility. That’s the headline for my latest piece in The Conversation (with Richard Holden and Steven Hamilton)


In these rapidly changing times it makes no sense to fix a policy plan based on a months-old model.

We need to respond flexibly to new evidence as it comes to hand. We need to consider all kinds of data, including new evidence on the transmissibility of the virus, estimates of the likely uptake of vaccines, and observations on the way restrictions reduce movement around our cities.

What we don’t need is more speculation about the hypothetical dates and vaccination rates at which various restrictions will be lifted (or perhaps, looking at overseas experience, reimposed). Let’s focus on the facts as they are now.