A year or more from now, what will we regret not doing?
As the crisis over equipment and personnel revealed, contingency planning is essential and it needs to be an ongoing concern not simply for governments which change but in long-term strategic planning afforded and funded by the state. Three aspects of responses to the COVID-19 pandemic reveal the challenges and opportunities involved.1. Inadequate prior preparations. 2. Rapid and successful research into producing vaccines 3. The ability to manufacture and distribute such approved vaccines independently in large quantities within national boundaries and also beyond for export purposes. With each challenge, opportunities follow.
Food production, wealth creation, education and defence, for example, would all benefit from strategic long-term planning in the national rather than party or partisan interests. Otherwise, you are simply left to inherit problems, manage crises and govern unpredictabilities.