New Zealand, Australia and many countries are experiencing a further Omicron wave driven by the latest BA.4/BA.5 subvariants. Our response to this threat is remarkably laissez-faire compared with past approaches, as society has pivoted more to “living with the virus”. But in both New Zealand and Australia, there’s a real risk current policy settings will be insufficient to prevent health services being overwhelmed – and more will need to be done in coming weeks.
Joe spoke to Professor Michael Baker from the Department of Public Health at the University of Otago, Wellington, on the matter.
Earlier this week, Nasa unveiled a series of images taken from the James Webb Space Telescope. Launched on Christmas Day last year, the telescope is the largest optical telescope in space, and its greatly improved infrared resolution and sensitivity allows it to view objects too old, distant, or faint for the Hubble Space Telescope.
To get the reaction of astronomers and scientists to these images, Emilia spoke to Professor Richard Easther from the Department of Physics at the University of Auckland