Sep 13, 2020
Why the secrecy around the Oxford coronavirus vaccine trial?
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The Oxford coronavirus vaccine trial is set to resume after it was abruptly halted when a participant experienced some sort of medical event.

All we know is that the woman was given the potential vaccine and the event was serious enough to hit pause on the trial last week.

The company developing the potential vaccine says it cannot disclose further medical information.

But given the global interest in the trial and what'll be asked of everyone if it is approved, should we be given more information as to what might have happened?

On today's show:

* Why is Victoria's death rate still so high, even though infections are dropping off?

* Some shops are marketing anti-viral fabrics in their masks. Is that a real thing?

* The 2009 H1N1 vaccine was ready in six months. Could that be the case for coronavirus in the future?
Democracy Sausage with Mark Kenny
Democracy Sausage with Mark Kenny
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The opposition in residence
The elections in New Zealand and the Australian Capital Territory delivered strong results to incumbent governments. But with Jacinda Ardern poised to govern without needing to form a coalition, and with a rising Greens vote in Canberra, what challenges are ahead for the victors? Plus we look at accountability in government and why there is no federal version of ICAC.   New Zealand’s election delivered a resounding victory to Jacinda Ardern, while in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Labor returned, the Greens grew, and the Liberals slumped. But could those strong results create challenges from inside their parties and, in the ACT’s case, their coalition partners? Analysing the election results with Professor Mark Kenny, as well as looking at public accountability from politicians, are Professor Paul Pickering and regular podleague Dr Marija Taflaga. Professor Paul Pickering is the Director of the ANU Australian Studies Institute. Dr Marija Taflaga is Director of ANU Centre for the Study of Australian Politics and a lecturer in the ANU School of Politics and International Relations. Her major research is on political parties and particularly the Liberal Party of Australia. Professor Mark Kenny is a Professor in the ANU Australian Studies Institute. He came to the university after a high-profile journalistic career including six years as chief political correspondent and national affairs editor for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and The Canberra Times.   Democracy Sausage with Mark Kenny is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. We’d love to hear your feedback for this podcast series! Send in your questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes to You can also Tweet us @APPSPolicyForum or join us on the Facebook group. This podcast is produced in partnership with The Australian National University.   See for privacy and opt-out information.
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