[Panel Discussion] Australia: Lockdown and Vaccines - The ongoing impact of COVID-19 on the outlook

The emergence of community transmission of the Delta variant of COVID-19 has sent Australian cities into lockdown. This more transmissible strain of the virus has prompted swift action from state governments to restrict trading and travel activity, which will test the resilience of the maturing recovery. In this session, our Chief Economist Sarah Hunter and Principal Economist Sean Langcake will discuss how the current restrictions are shaping our outlook for the economy in 2021, and the risks associated with more protracted lockdowns. They will also discuss the role of the vaccine rollout in potentially normalising conditions, drawing on recent international experiences.

In this panel discussion session, our Chief Economist Sarah Hunter and Principal Economist Sean Langcake will discuss the following:

  • The latest round of lockdowns have clearly impacted household spending and mobility, how long will the recovery take?
  • Is vaccination the only long term solution? And will this be enough?
  • What is the transition to ‘COVID-normal’ likely to look like?

We will be repeating the same webinar to cater for the difference in time zones between the Americas, APAC and EMEA:

  • APAC - Thursday 8th July | 10:30 am AEST
  • EMEA - Friday 9th April | 10:00 am BST
  • Americas - Friday 9th April | 16:00 EDT

Topics: Australia, Coronavirus, Macro, Coronavirus vaccine, Lockdown restrictions


Sarah Hunter

Sarah Hunter | Chief Economist

Sarah Hunter is the BIS Oxford Economics Chief Economist, and is responsible for delivering the company’s suite of subscription services. She has extensive experience presenting our regional and global outlook to clients, and previously led the team responsible for providing bespoke macroeconomic analysis to clients across the Asia Pacific region.

Sean Langcake

Sean Langcake | Principal Economist 

Sean Langcake is a Principal Economist in the Economics team at BIS Oxford Economics. He is responsible for contributing to the Australian Macro Service, as well as contributing to macroeconomic-related consultancy projects. Before joining BIS Oxford Economics, Sean worked in a wide variety of roles at the Reserve Bank of Australia, largely focusing on forecasting and macroeconomic modelling.