The first few months of 2020 were critical to the World Health Organization’s response to COVID-19. But the latest report into what happened wasn’t all damning.
This week’s budget assumes all Australians will have the chance to be fully vaccinated by the end of the year. It’s ambitious but possible.
You only have to prevent one case, which could have otherwise led to community spread and lockdown, for such a scheme to pay for itself many times over.
Vaccination is likely to substantially reduce virus transmission by reducing the pool of people who become infected, and reducing virus levels in people who do get infected.
Many people are unsure if their condition qualifies as an underlying medical condition. They may not realise they’re already eligible for the COVID vaccine.
The change in the US position signals how clearly the success of every country in fighting the pandemic depends on vaccinating the whole world.
The emergence of an Indian “double mutant” strain of the coronavirus may explain the country’s tragically soaring infection rates. Genomic testing and monitoring will be crucial in the weeks ahead.
It sounds too good to be true, a vaccine that can protect against future virus variants. But governments around the world are keen to learn more.
If you live in an area where virus fragments have been found in wastewater samples, the most important thing to do is follow your state health department’s advice.
It’s quite likely this virus will never be eliminated from the world. But even so, getting vaccinated enormously reduces your risk of severe outcomes like hospitalisation and death.
A serious event such as a blood clot could be caused by an underlying medical condition, a medication the person was taking at the time, or some other factor unrelated to the vaccine.
Airborne transmission is likely to be behind several recent leaks in hotel quarantine. But the Northern Territory has a quarantine model that works.
The AstraZeneca COVID vaccine is now available to Australians over 50. Here’s what you need to know before you roll up your sleeve.
Reports have suggested some women are experiencing changes to their menstrual cycles after having a COVID vaccine.
It’s easy to call Australian Olympians who receive their COVID shot early ‘queue jumpers’. But the argument for them having early access to the vaccine is more nuanced. Here’s why.
There are tangible things we can do now to help people understand the benefits and possible risks of COVID-19 vaccination.
Early reports suggested an apparent increase in OCD relapse rates and symptom severity during the pandemic. But a year on, we’re learning this may not be the case.
Skyrocketing demand coupled with shortages of vital components is leading to bottlenecks in the supply chain of Pfizer’s and other mRNA vaccines.
During the height of the pandemic, people with disability felt they had been forgotten and were not a priority. In the vaccine rollout, the government is repeating its past mistakes.
The response to the crisis in India speaks to the complexity of public health decision-making.