The paradox of Australia’s response to COVID-19

Tuesday, 22 February 2022

A new report has found that the agile stability embedded in Australia’s health care state was ultimately responsible for the nation’s high vaccination rates.

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Australia was viewed as one of the leading countries in the world regarding early responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, however the country’s crisis management stalled at the next stage, with some of the lowest vaccination rates in the OECD in mid-2021.

By the end of 2021, Australia’s vaccination rates were comparatively high, and a team of researchers, including Professor Francesco Paolucci from The University of Newcastle’s Business School, have examined the complex and often competing relationships that brought about this situation.

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