How vaccine hesitancy could undermine Australia’s Covid response

Intensive care doctor Rachel Heap works in the anti-vaccine capital of Australia and has seen babies die from preventable diseases

One autumn afternoon in sun-drenched Mullumbimby, intensive care doctor Rachel Heap came across a crowd milling beneath a local telecommunications tower.

Heap was exhausted. She’d spent the day treating Covid-19 patients at Lismore Base hospital.

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