Economic decisions cannot be made well by centralised, expert bureaucrats because they do not, in fact can never have, all the knowledge needed.
In January, AstraZeneca announced that it would not be able to deliver the promised doses on time as outlined in their August 2020 contact with the EU.
The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response was never likely to hand down a rosy report with gobbets of praise.
If ‘vaccination is our route to liberty,’ as Tony Blair recently said there are many of us who might consider changing our idea of what constitutes liberty.
At least there is now at least one Australian politician willing, at last, to state his or her position on Covid.
Apart from being amongst the lowest income earners in the ‘creative’ sector recent studies have spotlighted the severe mental health issues that characterise the lives of this professional group.
Who would have expected, for example, that one of (classically) liberal inclinations might find himself cheering on Piers Corbyn at demonstrations or avidly reading the articles from Left Lockdown Sceptics?
In that 510,000 wellbeing years is all the misery caused by lockdowns and social distancing: all the cancelled weddings, all the additional cases of depression, all the extra anxiety.
Part of the monumental failings of the government can be put down to its stubbornness in prioritising the use of one vaccine.
Over the next few decades, we face the major task of making our society more resilient and safer when faced by pandemics, epidemics, the threat of biological warfare and environmental crises as well as physical threats to our nation’s stability.
He said that 'just because the Australian government may have put most of their eggs in the AstraZeneca basket, this is no reason to continue jabbing Australians with this vaccine'.
We also need to focus on the