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Vaccine hesitancy is an economic and health disaster

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In his latest opinion piece for the Australian Financial Review, Sam Lovick places some of the blame for COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in Australia on the communication and vaccine roleout choices that the Commonwealth government has made. These choices make it much less likely that Australia will achieve the required level of vaccination to fully protect […]

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COVID-19 roadmap to recovery

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Published in the Australian Financial Review, Dr Brian McNamee AO (writing in his personal capacity) and Sam Lovick question whether Premier Andrews’ roadmap to recovery is the right path. We conclude that Daniel Andrews should move to reduce lock down measures in regional Victoria immediately and should move to do so more quickly in Melbourne. The […]

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COVID-19. Where to from here?

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In a recent article published in the Financial Review, Sam Lovick reviews whether the costs and benefits of Australia’s current approach to the COVID-19 pandemic stack up. This longer paper provides more information on the disease modelling that we used to understand what the best mode of intervention in the pandemic might be.

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A managed spread of COVID-19 may be best

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In a recent article published in the Financial Review, Sam Lovick reviews whether the costs and benefits of Australia’s current approach to the COVID-19 pandemic stack up. Based on our modelling, which links dynamic disease modelling and broader economic modelling, we conclude that there are alternative modes of intervention that would have a much lower […]