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The latest supermarket supply chain failure in Australia is qualitatively different to those we’ve seen in the past two years.This time it’s not due to demand – panic buying or stockpiling by customers – but supply, as the Omicron variant puts transport, distribution and store workers out of action.

So what to do about it? Edith Cowan University supply chain expert Flavio Macau has been following these issues for The Conversation since March 2020. He has suggestions for you, the supermarkets, and governments. The key is that we all cooperate, not compete against each other. Which is as good advice for life as it is in aisle 5.

Meanwhile, from today, Australian children aged 5-11 can receive their COVID vaccine. But what happens if one parent wants to vaccinate their child but the other doesn’t? Nicholas Wood from the University of Sydney explains the options and what’s likely to happen if cases go to court.

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