The core of the objections, whether they are about vaccinations, lockdowns, social distancing, or mask wearing, seems to concern an apparent erosion of personal liberty.
The biggest challenge to the health system is the war in Tigray and other insecurity all over the country. Conflict has made COVID-19 prevention and vaccination efforts impossible in many areas.
Many Aboriginal community controlled health services are already running urgent vaccination campaigns within their existing resources, but more needs to be done.
Many countries, including the UK, are considering mandatory vaccination programmes. They may violate human rights law.
It’s simply not “safe” for many Australians to come out of Scott Morrison’s proverbial cave until vaccination rates increase.
People who forge their own vaccine cards, or buy forged cards, are already facing legal problems, including criminal charges.
Many universities overseas have already made vaccination a condition of being allowed on campus. There are precedents for this policy, which is based on strong public health and economic grounds.
New research shows correctional officers are vectors of infection, driving COVID-19 rates both inside prisons and in their communities.
Do you actually need compulsory vaccination at your workplace? And if you do, as a last resort, how do you make mandates fair?
Since late July, China has faced its biggest challenge since the first wave in Wuhan.
Coordinate, motivate, deliver. That’s only the start of the jargon in Australia’s plan to vaccinate the nation.
But herd immunity is not our only option. If we don’t vaccinate children, we may have to settle for lesser protection of the population.
When politicians and others speak about herd immunity, unfortunately, they are under the misconception that the current tools that we’ve got are adequate to eliminate the virus.
To get to stage C of the plan out of COVID, 80% of adults over 16 need to be vaccinated. But that equates to just under 65% of all Australians – too low to safely open international borders.
The international evidence so far shows COVID vaccines are safe for pregnant women and effective at preventing severe disease.
What do you need to weigh up when working out whether to get the AstraZeneca vaccine? Here’s what the evidence says.
Failure to ensure access for all to prevention and treatment, including vaccines, undermines national responses to COVID-19.
Vaccines can’t provide 100% protection, so it’s not a failure or surprise when some vaccinated people get sick with COVID-19. The good news is their cases are much less likely to be severe or fatal.
The CDC guidance applies to areas with high coronavirus transmission rates – which on the day of the announcement covered 63% of US counties.
New studies show men who have had COVID-19 could face serious reproductive health issues.