Did Our Pandemic Policies Kill More People Than They Saved?

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In June 2022, Gigi Foster was interviewed by Jan Jekielek on the Epoch Times’ American Thought Leaders program. They discussed at length the huge human costs attributable to lockdown policies in Australia and around the world. You can now watch the full interview via this link.

All of these actions we take with the closing of the borders and the domestic lockdowns and in Australia we also had a huge amount of fiscal outlay to support people who are kicked out of their jobs – these actions have costs! And nowhere was that actually factored in to the policy-making in Australia. Even now, a week ago I was on one of our national TV programs, and still the focus was on how many people have been saved from covid deaths, rather than: how many people have we killed with our policy response? And that is the question: How many people would you be willing to kill in order to save one from covid? That is essentially the trade-off. That’s the kind of question we should have been asking.

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  • Prof Gigi Foster

    Gigi Foster (Professor, UNSW School of Economics; BA Ethics, Politics and Economics, PhD Economics) works in diverse fields including education, social influence, time use, lab experiments, behavioural economics, and Australian policy. Named 2019 Young Economist of the Year by the Economic Society of Australia, she publishes in both specialised and cross-disciplinary outlets, and her innovative teaching was awarded a 2017 Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. She has filled numerous roles of service to the profession and engages heavily on economic matters with the Australian community, as one of Australia’s leading economics communicators, in the media and at live events. She is co-author of The Great Covid Panic (Brownstone Institute 2021, with Paul Frijters and Michael Baker) and Do Lockdowns and Border Closures Serve the “Greater Good”? (Connor Court 2022, with Sanjeev Sabhlok).

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