Australia's New Billion-dollar Seqirus Vaccine Plant Will Be No Match for Avian Leakage

In the meantime, industrialised chickens – and their viruses – have come home to roost in Victoria, setting the stage for a pandemic immeasurably worse than COVID-19

State-of-the-art tomfoolery

With supply lines breaking down across the world for fuels, medicines, clothing and other consumables, it was only inevitable that nations eventually began undertaking measures to reinvigorate flagging economies in hopes of not only returning economic output to previous – and even greater – levels than before (ultimately a crap-shoot since global limits of oil supplies have likely been reached), but to attain a sense of security over local supplies of goods. As Australian prime minister Scott Morrison stated in late-September as part of a manufacturing-boost announcement,

The efficiency benefits of hyper-globalisation and highly fragmented supply chains can evaporate quickly

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Book Review | The End of October

Based on extensive scientific research, a fictional reminder that COVID-19 is but a mild pandemic – and merely a taste what's to come

Riding the corona-lit bandwagon

As the Crikey article "Waiting for COVID: when will we see the literary impact of our plague year?" started off,

During the long months of lockdown, millions of ambitious writers have been bashing out the great pandemic novel/screenplay. Most will be terrible. But perhaps a handful might come close to capturing the surreal disquiet of the past months... all [of which has been] fertile artistic and literary terrain.

I don't know about you, but the thought of reading the "great" COVID-19 novel is nearly enough to set off my gag-reflex. Stories of futurist dystopias where

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Make Hay While the Pandemic Rages

In other words, treat COVID-19 like a dry-run for the upcoming "big one"

If there's one painfully apparent thing right now, that'd be that pretty much everybody out there just can't wait for things to get back to normal. Be it attending live footy matches (or whichever sport(s) one prefers), eating out at restaurants two, three, four, five times a week, hitting up the movie theatres, nights out at the opera, getting plastered at pubs, etc. Generally speaking, and those in dire straits aside, a significant amount of people can't wait to get back to their preferred form of bread and circuses.

A quick end to abnormal times

The undeniable fact though

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