A national cabinet meeting to discuss COVID-19 (Image: AAP/Alex Ellinghausen

Australia has been receiving coronavirus advice straight from the horse's mouth. Public information and updates have often been coming from doctors, researchers and infectious disease experts instead of politicians. 

Refreshing as this may be, the process is politicised. Unlike the Centre for Disease Control in the US, the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) is not independent, but rather a part of the government.

Teams advising chief medical officer (CMO) Brendan Murphy and his deputies are made up of political appointments and public servants accountable to ministers. Is this a problem?