Australia’s COVID-19 success is the envy of the world, with just 909 deaths more than 12 months after the deadly pandemic first reached our shores.
That feat has been breathlessly praised by the international media, with the Washington Post reporting in November that we had “almost eliminated the coronavirus by putting faith in science” and The New York Times celebrating the fact our “short, sharp responses have repeatedly subdued the virus and allowed a return to near normalcy”.
It is undeniably a cause for celebration given how seriously the pandemic has devastated other nations, with the death toll in the US alone rapidly approaching 465,000.
But with the vaccine rollout yet to begin, and estimates it will take until late 2021 to vaccinate the entire population, more and more questions are being asked about the cost of our national response – and whether it has been worth the significant pain.
Australia’s coronavirus success has been attributed to a range of factors, including the call to shut down our border in the very early days of the pandemic, well ahead of many other nations.
Official of the county said “Our contact tracing system and response to outbreaks was also beefed up quickly, and the states and territories also locked down their own borders and at times restricted the movements of residents.
“It also helped that the population was, for the most part, willing to follow public health advice and follow the rules without major backlash, and that we had leaders who universally took the threat seriously from the get-go.”
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