Time for New Zealand to learn from Cuba on vaccine production

On 10 June 2021 the Democracy Project published my article on lessons that Aotearoa New Zealand should learn from Cuba’s extraordinary progress in Covid-19 vaccine production: Is Cuba the Covid-19 vaccine powerhouse?. The vaccine powerhouse reference was a descriptor used earlier by the Washington Post. Three of the five vaccines were developed by the Finlay InstituteContinue reading “Time for New Zealand to learn from Cuba on vaccine production”

Colossal ‘porkies’ and band-aids don’t’ make a health workforce plan

On 1 August Minister of Health Andrew Little announced what he described as the start of a plan for the beleaguered workforce in Aotearoa New Zealand’s health system: Government’s 5 year late health workforce announcement. In October 2017, when Labour became government with its two coalition parties, it inherited a health workforce crisis from theContinue reading “Colossal ‘porkies’ and band-aids don’t’ make a health workforce plan”


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Ian Powell was Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, the professional union representing senior doctors and dentists in New Zealand, for over 30 years, until December 2019. He is now a health systems, labour market, and political commentator living in the small river estuary community of Otaihanga (the place by the tide).

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