A strategy for new Covid variant: keep calm and carry on vaccinating

The longer it takes to vaccinate whole populations, the faster we'll cycle through the Greek alphabet with new variants;

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Therese Raphael | Bloomberg
At least we’re learning. Remember when the early reaction to the outbreak of a deadly virus in Wuhan was to discourage people from changing their travel plans?
South Africa’s government didn’t sit on information about a new worrying variant of SARS-CoV-2, which the World Health Organization has now dubbed omicron. It didn’t downplay it. On the contrary, authorities shared detailed slides so that countries could develop their responses.

Now it’s up to governments and local authorities to adapt to a fast-changing viral picture — one that remains blurry in places.

First Published: Nov 28 2021 | 08:05 AM IST

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