This has been one of the worst weeks of the pandemic in Australia. A record number of cases. Lockdowns extended and tightened. 50% of adults now have one jab – but there's still months to go before targets are hit. It's been a far worse week in Afghanistan. After 20 years of war - the Taliban is back in power. A humiliating withdrawal and traumatic scenes of civilians trying to flee has dented American prestige. And left Australia scrambling to mount its own rescue operation.