As protests against COVID restrictions increase, authorities should focus on de-escalating tense and volatile situations, and bringing those who break laws to justice after the event, not during it.
A survey found almost a quarter of participants thought they could not receive a vaccine because of medical conditions. But only 28.9% of this group actually meet the criteria set by health agencies.
Whenever the government reduces alert levels, it shifts some of the responsibility for managing the outbreak to the public. We need to enjoy the small additional freedoms responsibly.
President Biden outlined a six-point strategy to confront the pandemic. But two public health scholars believe it would work better with help from states.
New Zealand continues to pursue an elimination strategy to stamp out community infections with the Delta variant. But it will need incentives and some degree of compulsion to raise vaccination rates.
Too much of our discussion about vaccine hesitancy imagines the problem in rational terms. Perceptions about COVID-19 and vaccines are driven by emotion, not reason.
The challenges of containing inevitable outbreaks once borders reopen should not be underestimated. That’s why elimination remains the guiding principle and mass vaccination the imperative.
The first step of any public health response must be prevention. Preventing new infections and containing the pandemic protects health systems from getting close to collapse.
Australia was promised a world-class vaccine program. But instead of a rollout, we got an eekout.
Even with the highest possible rates of vaccination, New Zealand will need to keep up public health measures, or consider letting go of the concept of elimination and focus instead on disease control.