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Australia needs mask mandates again – they’re based on science, not populism | Sisonke Msimang

We were told distancing, vaccines and masks would see us through the worst of the pandemic. That was true – and still is

As Omicron surges again, Australian politicians seem to be adopting the American tactic of denial. It’s a foolish strategy.

This week the national chief health officer urged people to wear masks indoors, but that’s all he could do – no leaders have introduced mandates. Earlier this month the Victorian health minister said she dismissed the recommendation of the state’s chief health officer to mandate masks in early childhood education and some retail settings.

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