22 April 2021

Viruses are created by nature, pandemics by politicians

Clinical COVID-19

Dr David Lim and Bill Bowtell AO discuss how public health suffers when politicians start politicising.


  • Our current vaccine rollout is a mess, mostly because federal politicians are politicising the pandemic
  • Decisions are being made without the important contribution of frontline health professionals
  • There is little transparency in decision making which profoundly erodes trust
  • When politicians start politicising, public health suffers immediately … doctors at the coalface need to unify and call out this problem

Host: Dr David Lim, GP
Guest: Bill Bowtell AO, Adjunct Professor, Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity, UNSW; Executive director, Pacific Friends of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Total time:  37 mins

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Michael Schien
Michael Schien
4 days 17 hours ago

Thanks for a brilliant podcast. Political undermining of science based recommendations is also happening in the response to the challenge of climate change, one of the greatest threats to health we are facing this century. At least a decade of government denial, delay, deflection, deception and diversion of funds to fossil fuel interests despite clear scientific and economic evidence…