Australia’s COVID-19 response has been undermined by tragic failures, with two broad causes.
First, Australia was badly unprepared for a pandemic. As of January 2020:
Second, when COVID-19 emerged, Australia’s response was undermined by breakdowns in our federal system, including:
Global connectedness and environmental factors make future pandemics certain.
Australia is the only OECD country without a Centre for Disease Control (CDC), and health experts have been calling for an Australian CDC for more than three decades.
An Albanese Labor Government would improve pandemic preparedness and response by establishing an Australian CDC. The CDC will:
All Australians will benefit from improved pandemic preparedness and response, as well as a renewed focus on preventing chronic disease.