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Lara Williams

Omicron Can Reset the World’s Covid Strategy

The latest variant gives governments and public-health officials a chance to take stock of vaccines and evaluate the virus’s evolution.

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Omicron has invited pandemic uncertainty back into our lives, sending markets in all sorts of directions and leading to a tightening of restrictions in nations around the world. As of Friday, the variant has been found in more than 30 places.

Though Europe and the U.S. have sought to protect their borders, already too late. Cases have been discovered in the U.S., Scotland and the Netherlands. Still, Therese Raphael says that the early responses, and South Africa’s transparency, were prudent. We’ve spent the last 21 months learning that “wait and see” is a losing strategy, after all.