Fintan O’Toole: The virus keeps changing. Our system for dealing with it is stuck in the past

Responsibility for management of the pandemic is fragmented and lacks accountability

‘We have to institutionalise the management of Covid, to make it, for the foreseeable future, a part of the way we govern ourselves.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘We have to institutionalise the management of Covid, to make it, for the foreseeable future, a part of the way we govern ourselves.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Good decisions come from accountability. And to have accountability, you must be able to identify who has power.

From very early on in the management of the pandemic, there has been an obvious problem. No one can quite answer the basic questions: who is in charge? Who takes responsibility for the big decisions?

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