- Jul 5, 2009
Very important article. It is clear that testing data (whether accurate or not) is highly correlated with government competence and decision making, and the subject has become strongly politicised, with the authoritarian wing determined to keep control. This has numerous side effects, in particular minimising analysis by competent outsiders.Can we trust that WC really has the worst numbers? Why is the gov being secretive about access to their data?
Frustration is building among scientists over the government's apparent lack of willingness to make key, detailed Covid-19 data accessible ahead of a meeting of the Covid-19 ministerial advisory committee.www.news24.com
The unfortunate result is undermining public confidence, to the detriment of both health and the economy. Saying 'trust us' was never going to work, and has now become an emblem of secrecy and paranoia.