Waste of money or wise precaution?

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  1. Bowerbird

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    From the ABC https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02...s-national-medical-stockpile-to-open/12003980
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02...s-national-medical-stockpile-to-open/12003980

    The stuff has been sitting around for a decade and one hopes that there has been a system to turn over the stock

    Over the past 15 years, the total investment in the NMS has been about $900 million

    Turns out that although we have tons of Tamiflu what we don’t have is the only antiviral to show any positive effect

     
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    I'm going to vote wise precaution.

    Probably the most prudent thing to do would just be to cut off all travel and immigration from China for a while, but that wouldn't be politically correct. Politicians want to embrace Globalization and interconnectedness.

    Well guess what, sometimes that interconnectedness can bring in bad things to your country.
     
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    Not a matter of political correctness and more a case of economic disaster than
     
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    I'd shut down all international flights for at least a month.
    Worth it for the CO2 reduction alone.
     
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    Likely quite true, but there was a time when Australia's economy wasn't interdependent on China.

    There is a trade-off between gains and risk. You can get something made in China for cheaper, but there's an added risk that supply chain could be cut off.
    The way the economy works, it pretty much forces every business to take the cheaper option to be able to compete. So they will all benefit or suffer together.
     
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