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Australia has at times compromised the interests of children and young people in its response to COVID-19, a report has found.

A health journal report The Lancet also found “insufficient” preparedness and “major system weaknesses” in residential care for the elderly.

Title Key lessons from the COVID-19 public health response in Australiaa, the newspaper also mentioned the impact of international and domestic border closures, noting that “tens of thousands of Australian citizens have been trapped overseas for extended periods of time.”

Some travel restrictions were considered to discriminate against specific groups and countries,” he said, adding that restriction closures “create economic disruption and public confusion” as well as “emotional hardship.”

He said now was the time to assess “whether some were disproportionately harsh and disruptive relative to their additional contribution to controlling the pandemic”.

The report also criticized the rollout of the vaccine, particularly regarding health warnings related to the AstraZeneca vaccine, which saw some waiting for other vaccines.

He noted “poorly quantified consequences of delayed vaccination and prolonged social restrictions as the nation waited for greater access to preferred alternatives.”

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