On March 12, the World Health Organisation formally declared coronavirus a pandemic. Australian authorities are focussed on limiting the
community spread to (1) enable the healthcare system to appropriately respond and (2) avoid widespread illness for as long as possible,
until a vaccine is available. The development, testing, and production of a vaccine is likely to take some time, although clinical trials
are set to commence shortly. There are also concerns that the spread of COVID-19 may coincide with the seasonal influenza outbreak, creating
even greater risk for vulnerable populations e.g., older adults and people with existing medical conditions. This week the Australian
government announced $100 million in funding for telehealth services as part of the $2.4 billion package to combat coronavirus.