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Is the COVID vaccine rollout the greatest public policy failure in recent Australian history?

Carolyn Holbrook and colleagues write in The Conversation (21.7.21) about the flawed national COVID-19 vaccine rollout program, suggesting that it ranks high among recent public policy failures in Australia.

'Is the Morrison government’s COVID vaccination rollout program one of Australia’s biggest ever public policy failures?

'As COVID-19 infection numbers in locked-down Sydney show little sign of abating and Victoria extends its fifth lockdown, the prospect of life resuming some level of normality appears distant.

'In recent weeks, we have learned more about the flaws in the federal Coalition government’s vaccination program. There’s the failure to procure sufficient vaccine and an accompanying over-reliance on the AstraZeneca vaccine. The complications with rolling out the latter have exposed the shortage of supply of the Pfizer vaccine.

'While other international leaders personally lobbied Pfizer executives for supplies, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Health Minister Greg Hunt were inexplicably passive.

'… Despite the chaos that has been well documented, the required levels of vaccination can still be achieved, even if belatedly. The situation is potentially capable of resolution, and possibly in time for Seattle-like “normality” to be re-established. Adequate climate action, on the other hand, still appears to be incapable of resolution under this government.'

 

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