For some of us the end of the emergency appears to be in sight - fully vaccinated, measured re-opening, a clear path to post-covid normality beckons. Can it be true?
Its perhaps time to get all reflective about our experience of the last 20 months and ask two intertwined questions ‘What we got right’ in our response, and ‘what we got wrong’.
The answers will differ between countries and I am keen to hear non-western thoughts.
It would be good to know where you’re from or talking about. I’d like it to be fairly empirical, so let’s not talk about luck as something we had a hand in creating - its okay to say something like the accelerated vaccine development programs were great, but it does not excuse mismanagement while hoping that someone would actually make a workable vaccine.
I’ll start off with:
Creating a national cabinet at the start which meant that all state leaders, whose agencies do all the heavy lifting, were unified in their broad objectives, and received medical advice from a single clear source of expertise. Federal leadership was firmly put in its place and basically became Dad’s wallet.
Failing to implement international agreements intended to provide affordable vaccines to poorer countries, leading to them being a continuing risk for the generation of the next super-evil strain of covid.