Rapid-Review: the role COVID-19 genomics can play in contact tracing, cluster analysis and viral evolution
In the COVID-19 global pandemic over 100,000 viral genomes have now been characterised, and made accessible to the global community. In the context of Aotearoa New Zealand’s pandemic response, the genomic sequencing of positive COVID-19 samples will become an increasingly important tool that must be...
The COVID-19 pandemic and associated disruptions have had a major impact on the US academic research enterprise. This report provides a landscape review of what is known about these impacts, from March through mid-October 2020, with an aim of identifying gaps that should be addressed.
This paper argues that lockdowns and social distancing regulations introduced to manage the health concerns associated with COVID-19, have imposed significant social, economic and institutional costs, while being of debatable efficacy.
The economic crisis caused by lockdown measures in response to COVID-19 has distorted the Australian economy. The economic costs of lockdowns have not been equally shared across the country. This paper outlines five key pieces of evidence that lockdowns, rather than freezing the economy in...
Drawing on evidence from the Victorian Hotel Quarantine Inquiry, this policy brief aims is to lay the foundations for better understanding the features and limits of contracting-out, and to urge reassessment of its appropriateness in relation to government functions that carry significant consequences for public...
This policy brief addresses whether the Victorian government’s communication strategy and crisis team needs a re-think in light of recent experience.
This policy brief places the Australian response to the COVID-19 pandemic in global perspective, focusing on how the pandemic has affected the democratic system and assessing how the government’s response complies with democratic standards.
In this interim report, the Committee presents the evidence received on COVID-19 and homelessness in Australia. Recommendations will be left to the final report. The Committee notes that public health restrictions and economic disruption due to COVID-19 have remained ongoing and evolving at the time...
The COVID-19 pandemic has halted economic activity worldwide, hurting firms and pushing many of them toward bankruptcy. This paper discusses four central issues that have emerged in the academic and policy debates related to business financing during the downturn.
School closures during the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily shifted schooling from the classroom to the home. This paper provides an insight into parents’ perspectives of this experience of home-based learning. The research shows parents have a wide range of views on how, how often, and how...