Victorians are right to be dismayed by the federal government’s failures in pandemic policies | Bill Bowtell | The Guardian

People wait in queues at a Covid-19 testing centre in Melbourne on May 26, 2021, as Australia’s second biggest city scrambles to contain a growing Covid outbreak.

As they enter the “circuit-breaker” lockdown, Victorians are entitled to be dismayed by the multiple failures in Australian government pandemic policies that have required the use of such blunt but necessary measures to contain this outbreak. By the end of 2020, the Australian people had done the hard work required to achieve sustained zero local transmission of Covid-19. Victorians had endured a 15-week winter lockdown that eliminated Australia’s most serious and deadly outbreak of Covid-19. Having done so well in the emergency phase of the pandemic response, Australians were entitled to expect that the federal government would rapidly implement policies on quarantine and vaccination critical to securing these magnificent achievements, and to bolster our defences against the virus.

Source: Victorians are right to be dismayed by the federal government’s failures in pandemic policies | Bill Bowtell | The Guardian

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